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.
Calligraphy: "(As) all things abide in the Absolute Truth, External appearance of the world is eternal"
Ze hô jû hô i (taken from the Lotus Sutra)
Place where the work was made
18th century-19th century
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
Where the work was made
Referenced in 3 publications
Jiun Sonja iho, Tokyo, 1980, 78 (illus.). fig.no. 132
Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, Sydney, 1999, 20 (colour illus.).
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The art of Buddhism and other worlds', Sydney, 2003, 194 (colour illus.).