This is one of 37 pieces of an exhibit of works by Tendai priests in Japan. The exhibit was shown at the Tendai Buddhist Institute in NY and we hope to bring it to UC Berkeley in Nov 2009.
Ven. Monshin Naamon, Abbot, writes in his introduction to the show:
"Shodo, the Way of Writing, as Japanese brush calligraphy is called, is the place where art and spirituality combine in a superlative fashion. The masters of this form demonstrate both their artistry and their spiritual foundation."