Daido Ichi'i

Daido Ichi'i (1292 - February 26, 1370) was a Japanese monk, poet and artist. He was abbots of the Tōfuku-ji monastery in Kyoto, founded by Enni Ben'en (1202‒1280).


Quotes about Daido Ichi'iEdit

  • Also associated chiefly with Tofukuji was Daido Ichi'i (1292-1370), a native of Awaji Island. He came to the capital, studied under Kokan Shiren (1278-1346) and was eventually appointed to the most prestigious positions in Kyoto's monastic society: twenty- eighth abbot of Tofukuji and thirty-first of Nanzenji. Daido Ichi'i was renowned not only for his eminence in religious matters, but also for his scholarly accomplishments and literary talents as one of the leading Gozan literati of his days.
    • Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere. Births and Rebirths in Japanese Art: Essays Celebrating the Inauguration of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. 2001.
  • The use of circle imagery became increasingly significant in formal portraits of various Zen masters, becoming standard beginning in the fifteenth century, and became known as Ensō-zo (circle portraits). In these images,the master is shown as if contained within a painted “halo”or round window frame within the larger format of the composition. One of the earliest examples is a set of portraits contained in an album depicting twenty-eight patriarchs, each one shown as a bust portrait contained within a round “frame.” The series of portraits begins with the first patriarch, Daruma (Bodhidharma), covered in a red robe...
Another example of enso-zo ̄from this period depicts three abbots of To ̄fuku-ji: Enni Ben'en (1202‒1280), Zo ̄zan Junku ̄(1233‒1308), and Daido ̄Ichi'i (1292‒1370). The three masters are shown in half-torso portraiture, grouped together within a painted circle. Compositionally, Enni Ben'en, the founder of To ̄fuku-ji,is positioned slightly above the other two masters/
  • Audrey Yoshiko Seo. Ensō: Zen Circles of Enlightenment, 2007.