David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

04 May 2017

Hakuin & the Scroll within a Scroll

Chapter Four : Ingenious Teaching Devices; Unusual Figures

The Scroll within a Scroll

In a small number of Hakuin's works, he depicts scenes in which he has included hanging scrolls - paintings and calligraphy - so they can be seen by the viewer. To begin this chapter, I will explore several of these "scroll within a scroll" paintings in order to discover Hakuin's reasons for employing such a pictorial device... click here to continue

- p. 179 The Religious Art of Zen Master Hakuin by Katsuhiro Yoshizawa (translated and with contributions by Norman Waddell)

Three Gods of Good Fortune Conning Words by Ssu-ma Kuang
Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769)

Theatre of the Actors of Regard    
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...