Muromachi Period 1392-1573
From the world of passions
I return to the world beyond passions,
A moment of pause.
If the rain is to fall, let if fall;
If the wind is to blow, let it blow.
- Ikkyu Sojun
Shoto Bokusai Ants Hauling a Pumpkin
Hanging scroll; Ink on paper
Muromachi Period (ca. 1400)
The ants seem to be participating in a familiar kind of Japanese festival procession, complete with music, dancing, and a float - which strongly suggests a Zen parable turned into a picture. Zen emphasizes intuition over rationality in spiritual instruction.