Guest Speaker: Kazuaki Tanahashi, Dogen Translator
Kazuaki Tanahashi-sensei is an accomplished Japanese calligrapher, Zen teacher, author and translator of Buddhist texts from Japanese and Chinese to English, most notably works by Dogen. He began his translation of Shobogenzo in his twenties. He first met Shunryu Suzuki in 1964, and upon reading Suzuki's book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind he stated, "I could see it's Shobogenzo in a very plain, simple language." He has helped notable Zen teachers author books on Zen Buddhism, such as John Daido Loori.
He is an artist and writer trained in Japan and active in the United States as well as a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He has taught East Asian calligraphy at numerous international conferences of calligraphy and lettering arts. As a painter, he is the pioneer of the genre of "one stroke painting" as well as the creator of multicolor ensos (Zen circles). Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York has hosted his brush workshops since 1986. He is also an environmentalist and peace worker.
Kazuaki Tanahashi's Website
Date: August 15, 2012 (Wed)
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center, 1972 Rock Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
Calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi-sensei: Zen Circle
Making the enso — the Zen circle that conveys everything, the whole world, complete, the ultimate Zen symbol of emptiness—is kind of a practice. Ensos are traditionally done in sumi ink, black on white. When I first saw one of Kaz Tanahashi’s color ensos, a breakthrough in the form, I put it on my must-have list. That began a long relationship with Kaz. He has come here three times to teach calligraphy and contributed a lot of work to the magazine. This calligraphy hangs on my wall at home. I really love the blue and gold paint, and it’s a kind of a looser brush stroke than most ensos. How does he get the multicolored effect? He squeezes a bunch of paint on the paper, then he puts the brush into it, and psssshooo, one stroke! –Liza Matthews
Brush Mind, Kazuaki Tanahashi
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“Each line we draw carries our wish for our children and their children.” – Brush Mind
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