Lower left red "authenticating" stamp is read "Gyomay"
$30.00 -- 4" x 19"
Each calligraphy is mounted on a brocade holder (4 x 19 in) and comes with a translation,
explanatory sheet, and teaching commentary.
Teaching Commentary: At the entrance to my house there is a scroll written with five
Chinese characters. The scroll was written by Ryokan, a Zen monk who lived about
three hundred years ago. His calligraphy is beautiful; the meaning is also beautiful.
The characters read, "nichi nichi kore ko jitsu." They mean, "Every day is a good
Every day is a good day, not a good day as compared to a bad day, but all days are
good days; there are no "bad" days. To a city person planning a picnic, rain spoils
the day. To a farmer watching his plants, rain is welcome. To the city person the
day becomes a "bad" day because his expectations were disappointed. But the day itself
is not a bad day. The day is good but the way a person meets the day makes it a bad
day or a good day. All days are good days, regardless. We are the ones who make comparisons
according to our expectations. We are the ones who turn some days into "bad" days.
It is true that things often do not go right. Home life can particularly be a problem.
Between husband and wife there is often more than disagreement. Through lack of communication
real coldness can develop. We are human; we have different feelings. Misunderstandings
arise; we make mistakes. We have problems; life means problems. But it is up to us
whether we become depressed or not or whether we get angry or not. This is the scroll's
It is a Japanese custom to decorate the walls with scrolls rather than pictures.
Written on the scrolls are typical Buddhist phrases. It is wonderful to have such
scrolls to remind us of the teachings. It's a good day but how foolish I am. Why
do I complain? Even complaining will not make things better, only worse. To understand
that every day is a good day is Buddhism. This is the content of enlightenment. Enlightenment
is not something apart from an ordinary day. Enlightenment is to live each day as
a good day.