Monday, 19 July 2010

Yamaoka Tesshu (June 10, 1836 - July 19, 1888).



Today it's 122 years since Yamoka Tesshu died of stomach cancer, all too early.
The Master Calligrapher, Zen painter, swordsman, innovator of Kendo and great Zen personality died in sitting meditation, Zazen, inhaling and never again exhaling.

His death poem read;

Tightening my abdomen
Against the pain
The caw of a morning crow.


His life and work was a true testimony to his words "Not Tiring of Defeat Leads to Victory".



(photograph made by Matti Sedholm at Kennin-ji, Kyoto, Japan 2007)

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