Past Exhibitions

Calligraphy by Eminent Priests
November 18, 2014 - December 23, 2014

The priests Kūkai (774–835) and Saichō (767–822) of the Heian period and Hōnen (1133–1212), Shinran (1173–1263) and Nichiren (1222–1282) of the Kamakura period are considered to be the patriarchs of Japanese Buddhism. Through these men's actual handwriting, it is possible to follow their devotion to the Buddhist path, to observe the deepening of their studies, and to trace their paths towards the achievement of faith. As suggested by the saying "characters represent the person." handwriting gives us a glimpse into the personality of the calligrapher. This exhibition allows us a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves in calligraphy by some of Japan's most renowned high priests.

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