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Zen Calligraphy

The Creativity of Non-Doing

July 04, 2014 – July 06, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Alok Hsu Kwang-han
SM14-2702-772Alok Hsu Kwang-han,

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Intelligence, humor, and creativity exist outside of what we know. As we open ourselves, they come to find us. In this workshop, we explore this way of being by practicing the ancient art of Zen calligraphy with a master of the form, Alok Hsu Kwang-han.

“The best of Zen art I call ‘satori art,’” Kwang-han says. “The word ‘satori’ in Zen refers to an authentic savoring of enlightenment. It comes forth as the Zen artist is resting in presence and moving from emptiness. I call this satori-in-action ‘the creativity of non-doing.’”

We first learn to hold our new brushes as old friends and then, through simple and effective energy and meditation exercises, we come to rest in the spaciousness of our being, from which we might experiment with painting the “energy” of a piece of music, a poem, or a moment of joy. Then we share our paintings in gentle and humorous ways, and thus become more relaxed and available to what all of life has to offer.

No experience in art or Zen is necessary.


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Limited enrollment; register early.

All art supplies are provided.

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Feature Documentary: Moving From Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Alok Hsu Kwang-han

Alok Hsu Kwang-han is a Zen calligraphic painter from China whose work is a synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity and simplicity of Zen, and the evolution of healing in Western psychotherapy.