Kaz Tanahashi gave a Zen Calligraphy workshop at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate on March 7, and gave the Sunday morning Dharma talk the next morning on King Ashoka of India (ca. 3rd century BCE) as an ancestor of Engaged Buddhism. The dharma talk can be found here.
Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an internationally-recognized artist, writer, and peace worker. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, and has performed and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs. Samples of his work were on display and Kaz kindly donated to our temple one of his works, the character for one, or "Oneness", now in our front hall. For more information on Kaz's painting, see: http://www.brushmind.net.
Kaz is also a noted Zen scholar and translator who has done important translations of work by Eihei Dogen, some with Taigen's collaboration. Kaz will have a complete translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo coming out from Shambhala early next year, an exciting event for all American Zen students.
Kaz is also an active peace worker. One of his current efforts is A World Without Armies, see: www.AWorldWithoutArmies.org
The Calligraphy seminar was well attended and we all had a good time. In the morning we worked with Chinese characters for person, heaven, and earth, the bases for harmony in East Asian thought. In the afternoon we explored cursive styles, and enjoyable brush play.
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