K259 Wall-Gazing Daruma by Kan’u Irin 甘雨為霖

The First Patriarch [Daruma] did not come to this place;
The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha were already here!

Brushed by the old-fellow Irin

為霖叟書
佛法僧那裏相傅
始祖莫不来本土

Kan’u Irin (甘雨為霖, 1786-1872)

K259
hanging scroll, sumi on paper 101.0 cm × 28.2 cm.

 

It is often thought that Bodhidharma came from the West to teach the True Law but in fact the Dharma has always been present—we simply need to recognize it our own land (our mind and body.) This particular Wall-Gazing Daruma is simply brushed yet bristling with energy. This a Sōtō Zen Daruma. That school of Zen emphasizes deep training and quiet living, keeping the tradition alive and pure.