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Kasumi Bunsho

Kasumi Bunshō

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Kasumi Bunsho was an important and prolific Zen calligrapher. Bunsho's work was influenced by two major Zen teachers: Nantembo (1839–1925) and Deiryu (1895–1954). In particular, he shared Nantembo's fondness for the subject of lines of monks, wearing their large circular hats, going out on their begging rounds. This begging practice (takuhatsu) is intended to instill humbleness and gratitude in the monks, and give lay people the opportunity to practice generosity. Kasumi Bunsho literally enlarged this subject by painting what might be considered murals on the walls of Kaisei-ji, which serve as a constant reminder of the importance of takuhatsu.

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