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Celebrating life with the shodō brush

Celebrating life with the shodō brush

At the end of January and start of February we ran two sessions, our monthly group at KSD centre and the other a special group for students in the west end of Glasgow. One of the phrases we brushed was 福寿 Fukuju – which can… Read More »Celebrating life with the shodō brush

Season's Greetings - Blair Thomson

Season’s Greetings🎄

We hope you are keeping well and settling down for the winter break. Here is our Season’s Greetings card, an abstracted view (actually a few viewpoints brought together in one piece) made in the Dundee Botanical Gardens using pens, ink and pencil on calligraphy board.… Read More »Season’s Greetings🎄

The ladder for kami in Yin and Yang calligraphy

The ladder for kami in Yin and Yang calligraphy

🍂 Thanks for taking part in our last Japanese Shodō calligraphy groups of the year at Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow, as well as online Zen Brush in November. We brushed the mysterious kanji characters of the word Inyō 陰陽, better known in Chinese as the opposite… Read More »The ladder for kami in Yin and Yang calligraphy

Calligraphy of Kōmyō 光明 radiant light

Calligraphy of Kōmyō 光明 radiant light

At the October Zen Brush Shodō calligraphy we worked on the illuminating kanji characters of the word Kōmyō 光明 – meaning luminous light, or spiritual brightness. It is a fluid word to write, with two light filled pictograms – first of a person holding up… Read More »Calligraphy of Kōmyō 光明 radiant light

The way of the Universe in Zen Calligraphy

The way of the Universe in Zen Calligraphy

In September at Zen Brush Shodo calligraphy, as we moved into Autumn, we brushed the dynamic two kanji characters of the word Shinnyo 真如 – meaning tathata or the true thusness or reality of things and the universe. They are lovely characters to brush, and… Read More »The way of the Universe in Zen Calligraphy

Brushing Anraku - with Ease and Enjoyment

Brushing Anraku – with Ease and Enjoyment

We had a lovely morning of Shōdo calligraphy at Kagyu Samye Dzong on Saturday 2nd September, with an enthusiastic group keen to try out the styles and materials 😊 We brushed 安楽 anraku – peace and joy or ease and comfort – a word that… Read More »Brushing Anraku – with Ease and Enjoyment

Every Day is a Good Day in Calligraphy

Every Day is a Good Day in Calligraphy

At our Zen Brush Shodo calligraphy online on zoom we brushed the kanji characters of the positive phrase Nichi nichi kore kō nichi 日日是好日 – meaning something like: every day is a good day; or, day after day we make the best of the moments and… Read More »Every Day is a Good Day in Calligraphy

Vibrant summer of activities at D+P Studio

Vibrant summer of activities at D+P Studio

It has been a buzzing summer season for Blair and the D+P Studio with busy weekly sessions and events through the east, north and west of Glasgow in July and August 🌞These were for families and also aimed at adults, working at wonderful places like… Read More »Vibrant summer of activities at D+P Studio

Early Summer Shodō calligraphy

Early Summer Shodō calligraphy

It was relaxing brushing the seasonal phrase Shoka 初夏 – early summer – with the participants of the June Zen Brush group on Zoom. It was an easygoing group for our last session before the summer break. At the end we wished we had a… Read More »Early Summer Shodō calligraphy

Shodo Calligraphy returns to the Tibetan Buddhist Centre

Shodo Calligraphy returns to the Tibetan Buddhist Centre

After a wait of over three years we were delighted to re-start our Shōdo group at Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist centre at the start of June.  It was great to be back in the Woodlands area of Glasgow. It was a delightful group and… Read More »Shodo Calligraphy returns to the Tibetan Buddhist Centre