Shodo : the quiet art of japanese zen calligraphy

Gengo Akiba Roshi


In this pretty and striking zen calligraphy booklet, Shozo Sato, an the world over well-known grasp of conventional Zen arts, teaches the paintings of eastern calligraphy during the energy and knowledge of Zen poetry.

Single-line Zen Buddhist koan aphorisms, or zengo, are essentially the most universal matters for the normal eastern brush calligraphy often called shodo. considered as one of many key disciplines in fostering the centred, meditative frame of mind so necessary to Zen, shodo calligraphy is practiced frequently through all scholars of Zen Buddhism in Japan. After supplying a quick historical past of eastern calligraphy and its shut courting with the lessons of Zen Buddhism, Sato explains the fundamental offers and primary brushstroke talents that you will want. He is going directly to current thirty zengo, each one featuring:

  • An instance through a talented Zen monk or grasp calligrapher
  • An rationalization of the person characters and the Zen koan as a whole
  • Step-by-step directions on how one can paint the word in a few kinds (Kaisho, Gyosho, Sosho)

A wonderful quantity at the intersection of jap aesthetics and Zen Buddhist concept, Shodo: The Quiet artwork of eastern Zen Calligraphy publications starting and complicated scholars alike to a deeper figuring out of the original brush portray artwork type of shodo calligraphy.

Shodo calligraphy subject matters include:

  • The artwork of Kanji
  • The 4 Treasures of Shodo
  • Ideogram Zengo
  • scholars of Shodo

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