[Submitted by Rev. Tesshin Brand, Daiyuzenji]
Sunday's Zen Calligraphy Seminar went rather well. There were a total of
14 in attendance and it was nice to see representation from both
Daiyuzenji and our affiliated practice groups.
started with some basic technique. Everyone had an opportunity to
practice some of the fundamental strokes, and then progressed into more
advanced techniques. This was followed by a study of all of the pieces
of calligraphy displayed throughout Daiyuzenji. So'zan Roshi did a
wonderful job of translating each, pointing out the subtleties and
nuances in the spacing and construction of the characters. There was
also an emphasis on the importance of this particular practice and how
it fits in with Omori Roshi's Zen-Ken-Sho methodology of training
which we've inherited. Everyone then had an opportunity to use the
large brushes and practice a few of the characters that we often use,
and which are evaluated by our Roshis, during Sesshin.
you to all those who participated in making this a wonderful event, and
special thanks to So'zan Miller Roshi for sharing his insights and
knowledge of this wonderful aspect to our practice.