Not Knowing is Buddha

shiranu ga hotoke

12 1/4″ W x 43″ H Japanese Scroll
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase


Not Knowing is Buddha in Japanese is 知らぬが仏 which is read shiranu ga hotoke

The Japanese saying shiranu ga hotoke meaning “Not Knowing is Buddha” is most often translated to the English equivalent “Ignorance is Bliss”. The saying is composed of the word 知らぬ which is the negative form of 知る (read shiru) meaning to know (hence “not knowing”), the grammatical element (read ga) which indicates the previous word is the subject, and (read hotoke) meaning “Buddha”.

Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase’s beautiful art. So we have made it easy to confirm the translation for yourself by simply clicking on Not Knowing is Buddha (shiranu ga hotoke) which links to the independent Jeffrey’s Japanese English Dictionary. You can also verify the translation using Yahoo’s dictionary entry Not Knowing is Buddha (shiranu ga hotoke).

About The Art: This beautiful hand brushed scroll by Master Takase is personally created at the time of your order and proudly bears her seal and signature. We exclusively import this high-quality scroll with brown silk borders and fine Japanese paper from one of the finest scroll makers in Nara Japan. This is not a print but is hand brushed to match the sample as closely as possible. This is a personal work of art that is designed to last generations.

Delivery: The scroll is completed and shipped within 1-3 business days and arrives ready to display.