Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese ZEN Calligraphy

Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese ZEN Calligraphy


By (author) Shozo Sato, By (author) Gengo Akiba Roshi

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 312mm x 28mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Kanagawa
  • ISBN 10: 4805312041
  • ISBN 13: 9784805312049
  • Illustrations note: Full-Colour Throughout; 30 ZEN Koans
  • Sales rank: 193,510

Product description

In this beautiful and extraordinary zen calligraphy book, Shozo Sato, an internationally recognized master of traditional Zen arts, teaches the art of Japanese calligraphy through the power and wisdom of Zen poetry. Single-line Zen Buddhist koan aphorisms, or "zengo," are one of the most common subjects for the traditional Japanese brush calligraphy known as "shodo." Regarded as one of the key disciplines in fostering the focused, meditative state of mind so essential to Zen, "shodo" calligraphy is practiced regularly by all students of Zen Buddhism in Japan. After providing a brief history of Japanese calligraphy and its close relationship with the teachings of Zen Buddhism, Sato explains the basic supplies and fundamental brushstroke skills that you'll need. He goes on to present thirty "zengo," each featuring: An example by a skilled Zen monk or master calligrapherAn explanation of the individual characters and the Zen koan as a wholeStep-by-step instructions on how to paint the phrase in a number of styles (Kaisho, Gyosho, Sosho)A stunning volume on the intersection of Japanese aesthetics and Zen Buddhist thought, "Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy" guides beginning and advanced students alike to a deeper understanding of the unique brush painting art form of "shodo" calligraphy. Shodo calligraphy topics include: The Art of Kanji The Four Treasures of Shodo Ideogram Zengo Students of Shodo

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Author information

Shozo Sato was awarded the Order of Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan for his contributions in teaching Japanese traditions. His areas of expertise include ikebana (flower arranging), chanoyu (tea ceremony), and Japanese theater, as well as sumi-e (ink painting). He is the author of numerous books including "Tea Ceremony, Ikebana," and "The Art of Sumi-e." He was the founding director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, where he is Professor Emeritus and continues to teach Japanese arts. He devides his time between Fort Bragg, California and Champaign, IL.

Review quote

"This book is a gift for the mind and the eyes. Thoughtful commentary provokes an ongoing consideration of the meanings of the Zen phrases, while the brilliant inclusion of calligraphic how-to educates the eyes on how to follow the lines of ink in the original free-flowing gestures of the brush. I know I will return to this book again and again." -- Christy A. Bartlett, Director, Urasenke Foundation San Francisco