K258 Wall-Gazing Daruma by Kizan Dōrei 亀山洞霊

[Zen] points directly to the human heart
See into your own nature, become
Buddha!

Painted by the old fellow Dōrei, [abbot of] Daikō

大光洞霊老人写
見性成
直指人心

Kizan Dōrei (亀山洞霊, 1790-1870)

K258
hanging scroll, sumi on paper 95.6 cm × 29.2 cm.

 

Upon arrival at Shōrinji, Bodhidharma turned his back on the world, shut himself up in a cave and contemplated the Absolute—looking into his nature—for nine years.