- Other Title
- Calligraphy: "(As) all things abide in the Absolute Truth, External appearance of the world is eternal"
- Alternative title
- Ze hô jû hô i (taken from the Lotus Sutra)
- Place where the work was made
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- 18th century-19th century
- Media category
- Materials used
- ink on paper
- 124.7 x 26.0 cm image; 199.0 x 28.4 x 34.0 cm scroll
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1998
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
One of the masters of Japanese calligraphy, Juin was initiated into Esoteric Buddhism and spent two years studying in Kyoto with a Confucian scholar before starting his studies of Zen Buddhism. He went on to establish his own school of Buddhism, the Ritsu sect, eventually retiring to a mountain retreat where he spent the last three decades of his life. There he executed a vast number of calligraphies and gained respect as one of Japan's most revered Buddhists. These five characters, written in Juin's characteristic bold, blocky style, are the first line of a couplet from the Lotus Sutra which, roughly paraphrased, declares that all things exist in the Absolute.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.194.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017
Referenced in 3 publications
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The art of Buddhism and other worlds', Sydney, 2003, 194 (colour illus.).
Soshiro YABUMOTO and Sogoro YABUMOTO (Editors), Jiun Sonja iho, Tokyo, 1980, 78 (illus.). fig.no. 132
Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, Sydney, 1999, 20 (colour illus.).