"Sitting under the Blossoms,
Drunk on the Moon!
Brushed by Murasakino [Daitoku-ji] Abbot Dairyu"
Such a state of glorious intoxication can be taken literally — actually sitting beneath the blossoms sipping on sake, getting tipsy and enjoying the moon; or symbolically — basking in the glow of the full moon (enlightenment) and delighting in cherry blossoms (Buddha-nature.) Doing both simultaneously is as good as it gets.
Dairyu (Great Dragon) was the 341st abbot of Daitoku-ji. Dairyu designed the famous teahouse Nanmei- an on the grounds of Gyokurin-in. He was the Zen master of Kawakami Fuhaku, the founder of the Fuhaku School of tea ceremony.
Age: Edo Period 18th Century
Size: painting 39-1/4" x 10-1/4" (100 x 26 cm), overall 66-1/4" x 16-1/4" (168 x 41 cm)
Media: Ink on paper