Zen Calligraphy Workshop with Kazuaki Tanahashi

(calligraphy by Kaz Tanahashi) Saturday, July 9th
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
(includes a lunch break from 1-3 pm, on your own)

A hands-on workshop. Learn to bring serenity, excitement, and enjoyment to your life through the 1700-year-old tradition of East Asian Calligraphy. This workshop will teach you to engage your learning and creative processes through exploring ancient Chinese masterpieces and practicing calligraphy techniques. Basic brushwork techniques and aesthetics will be taught, and participants will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation, using and building upon techniques learned in the workshop. No previous experience is required; materials will be provided.

Suggested donation: $120 per participant (includes materials). Sliding scale is available by request.

Space is limited for this event and registration is required! Contact [email protected] or (773) 899-3841 to register, or for more information. Please send a deposit of $25 to hold your registration.

(photo of Kaz Tanahashi) 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 will be on display and available for purchase at this workshop. Kaz is also a noted Zen scholar and translator who has done important translations of work by Eihei Dōgen. For more information see www.brushmind.net.

Kaz Tanahashi will also be offering a public Dharma talk during our regular Sunday morning program on July 10 at 10:15 am (see details).

This workshop will take place at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, near Damen Avenue and the Irving Park Brown Line station. Free parking is usually available on nearby cross-streets. Ancient Dragon Zen Gate also offers Zen meditation practice and other events; please check our schedule for details.