Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Humble Rice Cake

Ryochu Nyoryu 1793 - 1868

While Zen enso have been interpreted as representing the void, the universe, and unity, they can just as easily represent the moon, the rim of a basket or a humble rice cake. Ryochu here writes, "Eat this and have a cup of tea," asking the viewer not to worry about the philosophical implications of the iage, but to merely relax and have a snack.
~  Audrey Yoshiko Seo, Enso: Zen Circles of Enlightenment

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