At Zen Brush, our online Shodō calligraphy group (monthly on zoom) we brushed the four kanji characters in the heartful zen phrase Anjin-ryumyo 安心立命 (literally ease/peace ; heart-mind ; stand; fate).
This can be translated in various ways such as peace and enlightenment, or letting heart-mind rest in the Buddha way.
We brushed them together in three different styles (kaisho, gyōsho sōsho), having plenty of fun as the styles really loosened up! ✨
It was a lovely group and very relaxed, with many practical tips by Blair and questions by participants such as how to wash a fude brush! Blair read a seasonal poem by Ryokan which seemed to capture the mood perfectly –
The night advances toward dawn,Ryokan
Dew drips from the bamboo onto my brushwood gate.
My neighbor to the west has stopped pounding
My little hermit’s garden grows moist.
Frogs croak near and far,
Fireflies flit high and low.
Wide awake, it’s not possible to sleep tonight.
I smooth my pillow and let my thoughts drift.
Thanks to everyone for taking part and those who shared work 😀