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Calligraphy of Sima Guang's (Lord Wen) Family Creed

Emon Zenchi

The Museum of Zen Culture and History,Komazawa University

The Museum of Zen Culture and History,Komazawa University
Setagaya City, Japan

Emon Zenchi (1758-1830) was a Zen monk of the Sōtō sect of Zen in the late Edo period. He was a successor of Gentō Sokuchu Dharma, and assisted Gentō in the restoration of the old rules. He lived at Hōrinji Temple in Settsu and Zen’ōji Temple in Mino. He also compiled Gentō’s “Kūgean roku,” Gentō’s analects. He excelled in poetry, and is said to have been in contact with Rai Sanyō.

He wrote “Shibaonkō Kakun,” which is said to be the family precepts of Shiba Kō. Even if you leave money or books to your descendants, they may lose them or not read them. However, if you accumulate virtues, it will lead to the prosperity of your descendants.

Details

  • Title: Calligraphy of Sima Guang's (Lord Wen) Family Creed
  • Creator: Emon Zenchi
  • Physical Dimensions: H132.3×W56.8
  • Medium: paper

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