The Burke Collection
Sanbō ekotoba (三宝絵詞)
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Catalogue information

Commonly known as Tōdaiji-gire (東大寺切)

Heian period, 12th century

Page from book, mounted as hanging scroll; ink on decorated paper

23.7 x 15 cm (9 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015

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So he went to a quiet place, put his thoughts in order, calmed his heart, and was never disturbed. As a result, his meditations and his wisdom joined to help him achieve enlightenment. They acted like the two wings of a bird, the two wheels of a cart. If you have wisdom but you do not meditate, your mind will not come to rest. The radiance of enlightenment will not be able to shine but will merely flicker as a lamp flickers in the wind, and you will be like a sea tossed by waves.