joubyou tekitou 浄瓶てき倒
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Ch: Jingping tidao. Also reads jouhei toutou. A painting subject of the Tang dynasty Zen priests Izan Reiyuu い山霊祐 (Ch: Weishan Lingyou) and Hyakujou Ekai 百丈懐海 (Ch: Baizhang Huaihai). According to accounts in the Record of The Transmission of The Lamp (Jp: KEITOKU DENTOUROKU 景徳伝灯録, Ch: Jingde Chuandenglu; 1004) and the MUMONKAN 無門関 (Ch: Wumenguan; 1229), when Hyakujou had to choose an abbot for a newly designated temple, he gathered the priests of his temple and told them that the man who exhibited the greatest wisdom would be picked for the post. He then pointed to a water-jar and asked the monks to tell him what it was without calling it a water-jar. Various monks, including the most senior priest who was the conventional choice for the position, gave a range of answers, although none of them pleased Hyakujou. Finally Izan walked up to the water-jar and kicked it over with his foot. He was immediately selected to found the new temple. The story is illustrated in a painting by Kanou Motonobu 狩野元信 (1476-1559) at Ryouanji 龍安寺, Kyoto.


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