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[Eihei-ji] Working Priests

Picture of the Occupation of the Taku Forts and the Hard Fight of Navy Lt. Colonel Hattori

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

[Eihei-ji] Working Priests

by unknown artist, undated

Anonymous Artists

IHL Cat. #2364

About This Print

One of five small prints (approx. 4 3/8 x 3 in.), each tipped to a heavy paper, depicting various scenes of Eihei-ji Zen temple, headquarters of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism located in the mountains near Fukui City. This print depicts temple priests performing mindful work on the grounds. 

Novices working at Eihei-ji
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The Five Prints
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Eihei-ji Zen Temple

Source: website of Daihonzan Eiheiji https://daihonzan-eiheiji.com/en/

 A temple alive

with real Zen monastic practice

Eiheiji, "The Temple of Eternal Peace", is one of the two head temples of 

Soto Zen. It is located deep in the mountains, near the northwest coast 

of  Japan, not far from Fukui City. This temple was founded by Zen 

Master Dōgen in 1244. He was offered land and other help for this by 

Yoshishige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay 

followers. Dōgen thus founded Eiheiji, where he devoted himself to 

training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice in every action of 

daily life. Dōgen Zenji's authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed 

and passed down by his successors. Still today, at Eiheiji over one 

hundred monks devote themselves wholeheartedly to his practice of 

shikantaza "single-minded sitting".

In order to protect our traditional monastic practice and environment,

we ask all visitors to follow our rules.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description [Eihei-ji] Working Priests 作務僧能?大 
 Artist Unknown
 Signature unsigned
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date not dated
 Publisher unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga
 H x W Paper 
 4 3/8 x 3 in. (11.1 x 7.6 cm)
 H x W Image 4 3/8 x 3 in. (11.1 x 7.6 cm)
 H x W Mounting Paper 7 1/8 x 5 13/16 in. (18.1 x 14.8 cm)
 Collections This Print
last revision:
8/7/2020 created