K076 Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō by Takahashi Deishū 高橋泥舟

Na-mu Myō-hō Ren-ge Kyō
(Hail to the Lotus of the Good Law)

Brushed by Deishū Koji *
泥舟居士
南 無 妙 法 蓮 華 経
Takahashi Deishū (高橋泥舟, 1835-1903)
K076 hanging scroll, sumi on paper 132.8 cm × 34.0 cm.

 

* Buddhist lay practitioner.

Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō is the principal chant of the Nichiren School but Zen artists were not adverse to doing such myōgō calligraphy for Nichiren followers even though Nichiren himself called the Zen school a “bunch of demons.” Deishū was a great Zen layman but he was also born into a family of Nichiren School believers so a Myōhō Renge Kyō calligraphy by him is not unexpected.