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Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

1 May 2019

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

At Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan building we had a large turnout for this free Shodo calligraphy group (apologies to those we couldn’t accommodate) and enjoyed a gentle introduction to the way of Sho.

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

Before working on the kanji characters, we talked about the history of Shodo and kanji characters, and Blair’s experience in Japan and in particular with calligraphy and meditation. We looked at the traditional materials, from bunchin paper weight to shitajiki felt mat to suzuri inkwells and fude brushes, pausing reflectively to notice and feel the textures such as of the hanshi paper. 

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

In the peaceful atmosphere of the garden room (where groups such as the Glasgow Zen Group or Tibetan Buddhist group meditate) we worked on several kanji and built up to working on Koumyou 光明 – radiant light or luminous brightness – in the kaisho style and tensho styles. 

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light
Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light

We also had time to try some of the strokes practice, and some participants also experimented with using the brushes to write fluidly in English alongside the kanji characters.

Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light
Meditative calm and connecting to spaciousness and light
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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