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.