K038 Zen Bull by Tsuō Sōtetsu 通応宗徹

The mind moves according to the circumstances; yet the movement itself is the subtle truth of existence.

Brushed by Tsuō (kaō)
通応糾書 (花押)


Tsuō Sōtetsu (通応宗徹, 1801-1854)
K038 hanging scroll, sumi on paper 120.0 cm × 55.1 cm.

A bull is a popular Zenga theme because it is the perfect Zen animal: when it moves it really moves, and when it sits it really sits. A bull is also a symbol of the mind. The mind can be captivated by 10,000 thoughts so it has to be tamed but not shackled since change itself is the Buddha-nature.