K260 Kanzan & Jittoku by Sekiten Dōrin 石天童麟

Kanzan points to the same moon that shone on the cave of the enlightened one[Daruma];
On the highest peaks and plateaus profane and sacred are transcended.
Rest your knowledge and let your teachings explain the truth according to circumstances
The mood of spring is not the mood of autumn; the flowers are not the same.

Earth Dragon year [1808] a winter’s day
Respectfully inscribed by the 73-year old Dōrin of Mt. Rikon

気不花跨 戊辰李冬日

Sekiten Dōrin (石天童麟,1736-1825)

hanging scroll, sumi on paper 125.9 cm × 27.5 cm.


* Zen shout similar to KATSU.

The poem is profound, expressing the essential points of Buddhism. The moon of enlightenment is always present, and the great teachers of Zen are always pointing the way out for us. Enlightenment transcends profane and sacred. The teachings are always embodied in the present reality, and must adapt to the circumstances. There is no one concrete doctrine that fits every situation. Zen madmen such as Kanzan and Jittoku exist in some form in every society.