White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

Zen Boxes: Art Installation: 10 Dragons and Tigers

A dragon and tiger in a cardboard box and a monk sitting

"How Everyone Can Sit", from the "Fukanzazengi"

as translated in "Chanting Breath and Sound"
by Joshu Dainen roshi and Anzan Hoshin roshi

"Traps and cages spring open. Grasping the heart of this, you are the dragon who has reached his waters, the tiger resting in her mountain. Understand that right here is the display of Vast Reality and then dullness and mental wandering have no place to arise.

by Eihei Dogen Kigen zenji
Kennin-ji, 1227

  • Japanese cardboard box-8 1/2" by 8 ½" by 5"
  • upper left-wire and cloth figure, wood veneer floor, Xerox copy of Dogen portrait from Kyoto
  • plastic tiger 4" by 2 ½" -area walls lined with Xerox silk from "Voices of a Cave" multi-media artwork 1982
  • plastic dragon 5" by 5" -area walls lined with photographs of the Fourth Chute, Bonnechere Caves by artist
  • silver acrylic paint