I studied with Kobori Nanrei at Daitoku-ji when I lived in Kyoto. His delightful copy of 6 persimmons by Mu Ch’i is wonderful, a faithful reproduction both physically and spiritually.
Kannon by Junkyo, the 20th century nun who had her arms sliced off by a mad man when she was 17 . The inscription is one of our favorites, “Every day is a good day.” Signed, “Painted without hands by Junkyo.”
And here’s a portrait of the artist:
Jiun Sonja (1718-1804): “Every Day is a Good Day” is from the famous Zen Koan by 10th century master Unmon. Unmon said: “I do not ask you about fifteen days ago. But what about fifteen days hence? Come, say a word about this!” Since none of the monks answered, he answered for them: “Every day is a good day.”
Within the body, many mysteries
Within one’s body there are profound secrets
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!