February 15, 2013

Calligraphy seminar recap

[Submitted by Rev. Tesshin Brand, Daiyuzenji]

This past 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.

We 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.

Thank 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.

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