To learn about Shodo



Print enough copies of the Worksheet and the Practice sheets

If time is a concern, you can tape newspaper on the tables and place brushes at each place for the students. Put ink in the bowl ahead of time.


1. Gassho

2. Lecture with worksheet.

3. Video and Practice

Pass out the Practice sheets ahead of time. Show the Video and stop after each section for the students to practice.

4. Practice

  1. Meditate. Feeling the brush
  2. Posture
  3. Holding the brush. Egg inside
  4. Draw Horizontal Lines (Ichi, Ni)
  5. Draw Circle (Clockwise)
  6. Draw Mountain
  7. Draw Water
  8. Conclude with Gassho

5. Review/Discussion

How did it feel? Did you like it? What character did you like?


During review


This can be a two day or more lesson. In addition there are several more YouTube videos in this series which are quite good. The shodo results make a good display. (e.g. Hanamatsuri, Bodhi Day)


Mas Nishimura,, San Jose Betsuin, 2018