Shichiruido Tenkei


Shichiruido Tenkei 七類堂天谿

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Exhibition at temple Shokoku-Ji 相国寺
Jotenkaku Museum 承天閣美術館

Shichiruido Tenkei,
born in 1961 in Hiroshima, is a Doshaku-ga painter who was appreciated as the second Sesshu in China. Doshaku-ga is a painting with the motif of Daruma, Seven Gods or Tenjin God as the symbols of Buddhism, Taoism and Shintoism. Some of the Gods he painted look like a manga and make us smile.

This painter introduced a new style and atmosphere to the traditional way of Doshaku-ga painting. You can relax and enjoy seeing them at Jotenkaku Museum, located in the Shokoku-ji Temple Ground. This is a place where Sesshu trained at a young age.
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source : a-kakejiku

dooshakuga 道釈画 Doshakuga、Doshaku-Ga
paintings about Daruma, the Seven Gods of Good Luck, Tenjin and other deities

Tenkei is a painter in the tradition of the temple Tendo-Ji in China 天童寺, where special painters were given the title of

天童第一座 Tendo Daiichiza
Tendozan Daiichiza 天 童山第一座.

The first Japanese to get this title was Eisai 栄西 and the next was Sesshu 雪舟 in the Muromachi period.

Now, almost 540 years after Sesshu there is a third painter of this group, Shichiruido Tenkei.


dooshakuga 道釈画 Doshakuga、Doshaku-Ga
doshaku jinbutsu ga 道釈人物画

Despite the growing importance of Zen Buddhism in China, Zen would not reach Japan until the thirteenth century. A Tendai priest named Eisai (1141-1215) is credited as the foremost founder of Japanese Zen after his voyage to Sung China in 1168 and establishment of the Kennin-ji temple in 1202 . The slow adoption of Zen is reflected in the fact that early 'Zen' temples like Kennin-ji actually had to combine Zen with more popular sects like Tendai in order to teach it at all. Though popular with the warrior class as a religion that denied many old traditions, Zen would not be established as a formal sect until the fourteenth century .

During this time of solidification, a large number of Chinese Zen priests were coming to Japan to escape the Mongol invasions of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. They brought paintings with them as well; many of these paintings were of the doshakuga type,
a type that used Taoist and Buddhist themes for aesthetic appreciation instead of worship .

These paintings helped promote a growing movement in Japanese art away from mysticism and toward pragmaticism and realism, values that Zen Buddhism (and therefore Zen art) fit easily with.

Doshakuga, or paintings on Taoist and Buddhist themes,
appear similarly frequently, even in the secular realm. A large number of figures belong to this category, including Sakyamuni and Bodhidharma, the respective founders of Indian and Chinese Buddhism, as well as Buddhist and Taoist gods such as the White-robed Kannon. It is important to note here that although these paintings are of religious figures, they typically render the subject as quite human and devoid of many trappings of religion .
Hotei, though he appears most frequently in Zen art, deserves a special mention here because of his popularity as a subject: the carefree monk with his protruding belly is often a symbol of proper Zen attitude and denial of rules.

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source : academic.mu.edu/meissnerd



source : sadouhyakuji

Paintings of human scenes from Taoism, Buddhisn, Confucianism and other types of religious topics.

source : www.kanaishoten.jp

from a Sesson exhibition 雪村(せっそん)

Sesson Shukei 雪村周継 (orig. Satake Heizo) (1504-1589)
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