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A large number of studies have been made on Sengai's "Yuige - the dying words of a Zen priest." Those studies, however, haven't done systematic consideration on his books, ink drowings and calligraphies in Sengai's life. Therefore many interpretations on Sengai's "Yuige" are arbitrary and don't agree with each other.
This paper, against such problems concerning Sengai's "Yuige," accordingly aims to interpret his "Yuige" through the analysis of his books, ink drowings and calligraphies.
To be concerte, I first considered traditional interpretations concerning Sengi's "Yuige" in this study, then it became clear that those interpretations may be divided into two types by whether the third phrase was written down categorically or hypothetically. Then I searched for evidences in Sengai's books, ink drowings and calligraphies. Finally, I advanced a new viewpoint to explain Sengai's "Yuige" through the analysis of his achievements, such as his answer to a Koan, Zen Mondc and his Kannon Belief.