An image of Calligraphy

Jiun Sonja

(Japan 1718 – 1804)

Calligraphy

Other titles:
Calligraphy: "(As) all things abide in the Absolute Truth, External appearance of the world is eternal"
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
18th century-19th century
Media
Calligraphy
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
124.7 x 26.0 cm image; 199.0 x 28.4 x 34.0 cm scroll
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1998
Accession number
249.1998