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Biography of the Monk Dogen
MNK VI-8162
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The painting was probably originally one of a pair of scrolls recounting Dogen’s whole life history. In the successive sequences of the presented kakemono, the scenes, read in horizontal rows, beginning from the upper right-hand corner, depict the priest’s life from his birth to the age of 26.

History of the Object
Dogen (1200-1253) was a Buddhist priest. He was founder of the Soto sect which emphasized the role of Zen (zazen) meditation in attaining enlightenment. Having lost his parents in his early childhood, from the age of 13 he studied under a number of masters in the Buddhist monasteries in Japan. When he was 24 he went to China with his teacher, the priest, Moyzen. He returned after four years of inner self-improvement. In the work entitled Fukan Zazen Gi, published after his return to Japan, he elucidated the question of zazen meditation. He died at the age of 54 in the Daibutsu-ji temple renamed Eihei-ji by him. He spent the last decade of his life doing rigorous practice of self-discipline and celibacy under his new Buddhist name Kigen.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Watercolours and gold on silk 
Measurements
Width 60.1 cm Height 131.4 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; middle 19th Century 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
1909 - donated by Edward Goldstein 
Copyright
The National Museum in Cracow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Romanowicz, Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow 
Owner
The National Museum in Cracow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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