Ikkyu – Self-Appraisal


Ikkyu – Self-Appraisal


Rinzai’s descendants do not know Zen.

In front of Crazy Cloud, who dares to explain Zen?

For thirty years, on my shoulders I have carried

The weight of Shogen’s Red Thread Zen.

Accompanying Calligraphy

I am teaching you the gateway to essential Zen. Zen is endlessly discussed with empty phrases and pretentious words; all that effort goes on and on missing the mark…

Former Abbot of Murasakino Daitoku Zen Temple, Jun Ikkyu, world’s number one venerable priest.




This monk has passed through the narrowest mountain paths to reach the northernmost seas,
and also has the experience of crawling  through the lowest valleys.
If you want to find a safe place to pass your life,
Sit on the top shelf like a puppet!

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