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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

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

Finding balance and harmony in Shodo calligraphy

Finding balance and harmony in Shodo calligraphy

We began our Monday online calligraphy class on zoom with an introduction by Blair to each of his materials and tools uses, then we worked stroke practice and holding the fude for particular strokes. This time we brushed the four kanji characters of the zen… Read More »Finding balance and harmony in Shodo calligraphy

Brushing sky flowers at Shodo calligraphy

Brushing sky flowers at Shodo calligraphy

At our recent Zen Brush shodō class in April we brushed the two nature based kanji characters of the zen phrase Kūge 空華 . These are well known kanji and together can be translated variously as sky flowers, petals of emptiness, sky splendour. They were… Read More »Brushing sky flowers at Shodo calligraphy

Hishiryo spacious thinking in zen and calligraphy

Hishiryo spacious thinking in zen and calligraphy

Inspired by meditation and calligraphy itself, as well as the first signs of spring emerging, at the March meeting of Zen Brush Shodo calligraphy we brushed the three kanji characters of the zen phrase Hi Shi Ryo 非思量 which can be translated as something like… Read More »Hishiryo spacious thinking in zen and calligraphy

Brushing oneness at Zen Shodo Calligraphy

Brushing oneness at Zen Shodo Calligraphy

Last month at Zen Brush Shodo calligraphy we  brushed the four kanji characters of the inspiring zen phrase Shin Jin Ichi Nyo 身心一如 which can be translated as body and mind/spirit, oneness (from Zen master Dōgen’s Bendowa writing). This is about how our heart/mind/spirit and… Read More »Brushing oneness at Zen Shodo Calligraphy

Brushing mountains and waters at Shodo Japanese calligraphy

Brushing mountains and waters at Shodo Japanese calligraphy

At Zen Brush in November we brushed three kanji characters, each repeated twice with different versions, in the monumental zen phrase Yama wa kore yama mizu wa kore mizu 山是山水是水 which can be translated as mountains are mountains, waters are waters (from Zen master Dōgen’s… Read More »Brushing mountains and waters at Shodo Japanese calligraphy

Expressing the Way in Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Expressing the Way in Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

We brushed the two kanji characters in the inspiring zen phrase Dōtoku 道得 (lterally way/express ; grasp/pick up/able to) which can be translated as expressing the way, expressing truth, or picking up the way. Blair discussed their Zen meanings and connection to calligraphic expression in… Read More »Expressing the Way in Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Midsummer Zen Shodo Calligraphy

Midsummer Zen Shodo Calligraphy

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… Read More »Midsummer Zen Shodo Calligraphy