K150 Kannon by Mamiya Eijū 間宮英宗

The wondrous wisdom and merciful power of Kannon
Is an udumbara flower blooming in a thorny thicket.

(signed) Hōkō Eijū.

観音妙智慈悲力
荊棘林生優鉢華
方広英宗
Mamiya Eijū (間宮英宗, 1871-1945)
K150 hanging scroll, sumi on silk 141.4 cm × 42.2 cm.

 

“Thorny thicket ” stands for our world of entanglements and grief. An undumbara flower is said to bloom only once every 3,000 years, in other words, a very precious object. Kannon’s wisdom and compassion are as precious as that miraculous flower.