Searching for the Realized One

Ink on cloud-dragon paper
Black Molly off Sardinia and Sussex, Summer 2013

Label
Searching for the Realized One

With one seal of the artist, 水松石山房 Shuisongshi shanfang  (‘TheWater, Pine and Stone Retreat’) 

Title Panel
Searching for the Realized One

Painted on Black Molly while off the coast of Sardinia and at the Garden at the Edge of the Universe, Sussex, in the summer of 2013 and inscribed by the Master of the Water Pine and Stone Retreat in  the tenth month.

With two seals of the artist, 水松石山房 Shuisongshi shanfang  (‘TheWater, Pine and Stone Retreat’)  竹虛 老人 Zhuxu laoren  (‘Old man as Empty Inside as Bamboo')

Inscriptions:

Searching for the Realized One,
I spend the day following crystal streams.
Scented breeze stirs ancient pines,
The last flowers of autumn   grow old.
Perhaps he is gathering magic fungus
With the immortals on Penglai.
As a first flurry of snow greets the dusk
I find his retreat at the end of a valley.
White clouds chase away the mist;
No-one to serve tea as I await his return.

The Master of the Water Pine and Stone Retreat in the tenth month of 2013.

With four seals of the artist, 攜杖老人  Xiezhang laoren (‘The old man who carries the staff’), 如如居士 Ruru Jushi (‘The retired scholar who believes that all doctrines are equal’), 山外山樵 Shanwai shanqiao (‘The mountain woodcutter who is not in the mountains’) and 終日到門惟白雲 Zhongri daomen wei baiyun (‘All day long to this gate come only the white clouds’)