Aug 6, 2011

monk / Sengai Gibon

Sengai Gibon (仙厓 義梵 / 1750 - 1837) was a Japanese monk of the Rinzai (臨済宗).
Though the Rinzai sect is particularly known for its hard-to-understand teachings, Sengai tried to make them accessible to the public. He left many interesting and lovely sumi-e paintings.

Of course, I have never met him. Imagined his face and drew it.

According to his biography,
On his last moment, he muttered "I don't want to die ( しにとうない )"
His pupils had been surprised and asked "What does it mean? ".
( It seems that it was unusual that the Buddhist monk who had high position say such a thing.)

Sengai had answered " Really, really (ほんまにほんまに)"

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