Gentle Creativity with the Brush

Gentle Creativity with the Brush
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 9:00am - Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 1:00pm
Price: $225 ($200 members, $110 reduced rate) + dana

The art of calligraphy can be practiced by anyone who would like to know ideography. Anyone can take up a brush, follow stroke order, draw lines, and form characters. By copying masters’ samples, even a beginning student can create a fairly good piece of calligraphy. This art does not require great creative endeavor as in painting or sculpture.

On the other hand, because anyone can practice this, people can easily tell attentively drawn lines from those that were mindlessly drawn. To create a piece that many regard as outstanding requires excellence in theme choice, aesthetics, and skill. Thus, calligraphy is a profoundly creative art.

Kaz's style is full-bodied, immediate, alive. Drop ideas of artistic ability. Open the heart. Create. Express. Come experience directly the spontaneity of a single moment through brush and paint.

The retreat will include a painting performance by Kaz Tanahashi at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 2 at Great Vow.
Special Note:
Kaz will offer an optional teaching on Great Zen Master Dogen Zenji's teaching on Continuous Practice from 10am - noon on Friday, March 1. The calligraphy portion of the retreat will begin at 2:30pm. Guests are asked to arrive between 9am-10am or between 12pm and 2pm for registration.
$50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your space - balance due on arrival.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Kaz Tanahashi

Kaz Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan and active in the United States since 1977, has had solo international exhibitions of his calligraphic paintings. He has taught East Asian calligraphy at eight international conferences of calligraphy and lettering arts. Also a peace and environmental worker for decades, he is a Director of A World Without Armies and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He has translated a number of Buddhist texts, including the recent translation of Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo.

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