On a hot Monday evening we enjoyed some Shodo calligraphy in the refreshingly cool Kagyu Samye Dzong building.
We wrote or painted (in Japanese the verb kaku means both to write, draw, paint) the word Kongo 金剛 which means literally metal/ gold and brave/ sturdy. Together this can mean diamond, or vajra, indestructible truth, or thunderbold!
We looked at the older bone carvings and tensho styles and their meanings, before trying these and the kaisho style. We also explored some of the basic calligraphy strokes in these characters.