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Zen Brushwork : Focusing the Mind With Calligraphy and Painting (Paperback) (Tanchu Terayama)

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With its bold strokes and mystic aura, Zen calligraphy has fascinated Westerners for decades, yet it remains an abstract, rarely practiced form of expression outside of Asia. Now, master calligrapher Tanchu Terayama explains the techniques behind this subtle art and offers step-by-step instructions for practicing it on a professional level.After introducing the basics, Terayama presents a unique meditative warm-up to establish the proper mental attitude needed to release one's creative energies. Next, the power of the brushed line is explained and demonstrated. What makes a good line or a bad one, an expressive effort or an unfocused one? Lessons on brushing symbolic Japanese characters follow, including those for "emptiness,""nothingness," and "flower." The painting section shows readers how to draw the spare yet elegant pictorial themes of this classic art: bamboo, plum blossoms, Mount Fuji, and the inspirational Zen priest Daruma.If the exercises are the heart of the book, the Appreciation section is the soul. This chapter introduces classic works from renowned priests and other historical figures, including Miyamoto Musashi (the celebrated swordsman and author of The Book of Five Rings), Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of aikido), Jigoro Kano (the father of judo), and Zen priest Hakuin. Each masterpiece is accompanied by penetrating commentary on the strengths and salient features of the work.Rarely has Zen calligraphy been demonstrated and discussed with such candor and insight. Illuminating yet another side of Zen, Zen Brushwork will be an invaluable source to those interested in meditation, Zen, Buddhism, the martial arts, and Oriental traditions in general.CONTENTSIntroductionPart I BackgroundWhat is Zen Calligraphy?The Evolution of KanjiThe Fundamentals of CalligraphyThe Four Treasures of CalligraphyHitsuzendoPart II Preparation-Warming Up and Developing KiThe Zen LineYoki-ho: A Method of Developing Ki and Warming-Upwarm-up exercise 1: Yoki-ho: The Long Versionwarm-up exercise 2: The Short Form of Yoki-ho: A Five-Minute Exercisewarm-up exercise 3: Kusho: Writing in the AirPart III Zen Calligraphy and PaintingBasic PracticeThe Zen Line and Its Applicationsexercise 1: Mujibo (The Zen Line)exercise 2: Enso (The Zen Circle)exercise 3: Horizontal and Vertical Linesexercise 4: Fine LinesTensho (Seal Script)exercise 5: So (Grass) and a Practice LineKaisho (Standard Script)exercise 6: Sho (Calligraphy) and Practice LinesFurther PracticeSosho (Grass Script)exercise 7: Mu (Nothing)exercise 8: Hana (Flower)exercise 9: Ku (Emptiness)exercise 10: Mu Ichi Motsu (Owning No-thing)exercise 11: Ichigyo Zanmai (Be in the Moment)Writing Western Scriptexercise 12: Writing Western Script: ABCexercise 13: Shodo (Calligraphy)Paintingexercise 14: Orchide
Number of Pages: 96
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: Asian / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Kodansha USA Inc
Author: Tanchu Terayama
Language: English
Street Date: June 24, 2016
TCIN: 51381717
UPC: 9781568365787
Item Number (DPCI): 248-19-9845
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