Zen paintings exhibition at Aizu Museum

Zen paintings exhibition at Aizu Museum

Tue, Oct 13, 2015
Zen paintings exhibition at Aizu Museum

From Waseda Campus: October 6, 2015

Wall featuring humorous depictions of Buddhist priests

Various paintings of the smiling goddess of mercy Kannon

An audacious work of calligraphy detailing the secret to living a long life

Please visit when you have time!

Waseda University’s Aizu Museum is currently hosting an exhibition featuring paintings from Zen Buddhist monks Hakuin Ekaku and his two disciples, Genro Suio and Torei Enji.

Hakuin Ekaku was one of the most influential figures in Japanese Zen Buddhism and is famous for his bold writings, humorous paintings, and eccentric ideas. This exhibition features works by Hakuin Ekaku and his disciples Torei Enji and Genro Suio whose works have also received considerable attention over the years.

Works include powerful depictions of Bodhidharma, humorous paintings of the pot-bellied god of good fortune, drawings of the smiling goddess of mercy Kannon, and writings featuring extraordinary penmanship. These works were created to impart teachings upon the people of Edo period Japan but their messages have carried over to the present day.

Exhibition information:

  • Available from October 1 to November 21, 10:00 to 17:00
  • Museum is closed on Sundays and will be closed on November 6

A symposium on Zen paintings and Hakuin will be held on October 24 from 13:30 to 16:30 at Ono Auditorium. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

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