White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

Zen Boxes: Art Installation: 15 The Great Matter

Calligraphy and hourglass in a vintage wooden cigar box


Verse of the Great Matter

"The Great Matter is birth and death.
Life slips past and time is gone.
Right now, wake up! wake up!
Do not waste time."

Chanting Breath and Sound:
Hakukaze Soto Zen Sutras
translated by Anzan Hoshin roshi

  • Benson & Hedges vintage wooden cigar box 7 ¾" by 6" by 2 ½"
  • han brushed by Shikai Zuiko; "Great Matter"
  • branch striker
  • hemp twine
  • hour glass