K542 Daruma by Gōyō Gūkei 五葉愚溪

No dependence on words or letters
A separate transmission outside the scriptures
[Zen] points directly to the human heart—
See into your nature and become Buddha!
Inscription and painting by the old fellow Shōbō Gūkei
不立文字教外別伝
直指人心見性成佛
正法愚溪叟画賛
Gōyō Gūkei (五葉愚溪, 1859-1944)
K544 hanging scroll, sumi on paper 127.5 cm × 33.1 cm

The inscription is the battle cry of Zen. Gūkei’s Daruma paintings are wonderfully expressive, skillfully constructed and graced with subtle Zen humor.