THE WAY OF HAIKU: Shiki and Modern Japanese Haiku Writers.
Feb
2
to Feb 4

THE WAY OF HAIKU: Shiki and Modern Japanese Haiku Writers.

Please join us February 2 - 4, 2018 at Upaya Zen Center for  THE WAY OF HAIKU: Shiki and Modern Japanese Haiku Writers.

Shiki Masaoka (1867-1902) advocated the significance of “portrayal of nature” in haiku and revived the poetic form. The popularity of haiku writing in Japan and the Western world owes much to him.

We will study his poems as well as masterpieces in contemporary Japan. We will also note how Japanese female poets have contributed to this genre. Inspired by the works we examine, all of us, including the participants, will write and share our own poems.

Required reading:
Seeds From a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and The Spiritual Journey by Clark Strand

Suggested reading:
Masaoka Shiki: His Life and Works by Janine Beichman
Modern Japanese Haiku: An Anthology by Makoto Ueda
Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women by Makoto Ueda

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Natalie Goldberg * Clark Strand

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    Phone 505-986-8518 ext. 112
https://www.upaya.org

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CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush
Feb
9
to Feb 11

CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kaz Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs.

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    Phone 505-986-8518 ext. 112
https://www.upaya.org

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Zen Calligraphy Intensive
Mar
12
to Mar 18

Zen Calligraphy Intensive

Immerse yourself in exploring Zen calligraphy near San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Daily activities will include meditation, readings of Zen texts, and lectures on the history of East Asian calligraphy. You will practice with formal, semi-cursive, and cursive characters as well as their artistic interpretations during class and studio time.  You will learn how to paint your favorite phrases, then mount your calligraphy for display. You will experiment with brushes and paper of different sizes, painting with black ink and watercolors.

The intensive will be held at Mercy Center, an internationally known conference and retreat center near San Francisco Airport. A former convent on 40 acres, Mercy Center is an oasis of quiet, contemplative living. It is public transit friendly, with free shuttles available at some hours of the day..

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a world renowned calligrapher, painter, Zen scholar, author, and translator of Buddhist texts including
works by Zen Master Dogen. Also a peace activitist and a Fellow of the World
Academy of Art and Science. 

To register or for more information contact Christine  at  http://www.zenbrush.net  to be placed on the list of participants. Deposits (half of the total fee - $750) should be received by December 1, 2017. Prior to Dec. 1, 2017 (early registration) the cost is $1495 for a single room, fully inclusive of lodging, meals, tuition, and materials. After Dec. 1, 2017, the cost is $1595 fully inclusive. For more information and a tentative schedule, go to zenbrush.net. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. 

Please note the program is full.
For a detailed listing of daily activities go to zenbrush.net.

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Poetry of Kabir and Zen
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Poetry of Kabir and Zen

Instructor(s): Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Linda Hess, PhD

Kabir was a great iconoclastic-mystic poet of 15th-century North India whose poems were composed orally, written down by others, and transmitted through song. Join Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Stanford scholar Linda Hess for a weekend of reading and playing with poetry from China, Japan, and India.

Read and discuss Buddhist poets Hanshan (6th-7th-century China), Dogen (13th-century Japan), Hakuin (18th-century Japan), Ryokan (19th-century Japan) and Kabir from 15th century India, who refused to be labeled as Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, or anything else.

Why would we put them together? Because they are radical, powerful, and sometimes funny; because they are interested in delusion and awakening in this body and mind; because they are poets who use language in wondrous ways; because Kaz and Linda have worked with them (and each other!) for many years. We learn, write, see a film, and possibly sing.

Required Reading:
Download PDF Preface & introduction to The Bijak of Kabir (about 40 pp). This document will notbe available at Upaya.
Or you may choose to order the book itself, The Bijak of Kabir by Linda Hess.  This site gives you both new and used options.

To further your interest:
Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Informative Worlds of North India by Linda Hess

Lodging: Your tuition does not include lodging. Your first choice of lodging may not be available. Please check for availability by calling 505-986-8518 ext. 112 or email registrar@upaya.org.

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    
Phone
 505-986-8518 ext. 112
https://www.upaya.org

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CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush
Jul
13
to Jul 15

CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kaz Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    
Phone
 505-986-8518 ext. 112
https://www.upaya.org

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Zen Brush
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Zen Brush

Theme for 2018: Practice

Registration Information: Tentative Schedule for both days:

9-12  Start with meditation, then calligraphy practice and demonstrations.

12-1:30  Lunch/Break~Lunch is provided. Please let me know of any dietary issues.

1:30-4:30  Start with meditation, then calligraphy practice and demonstrations.

Cost for the two day workshop is $190, or if you want to only participate one day the cost is $110.

To register before August for the workshop, send a $100 deposit to, after August send the full amount to:

Zen Brush Workshop
10688 Grays Court*
Forestville, CA 95436

Make checks payable to Zen Brush Workshop.

Cancellation:  For a cancellation request 30 days before the workshop, a cancellation fee of 25% of the total cost will be levied.  A cancellation less than 30 days before the workshop, a 25% cancellation fee will be changed, AS LONG AS WE HAVE A REPLACEMENT PARTICIPANT, otherwise a 75% cancellation fee will be charged.  Extreme circumstances will be taken into consideration.

Lodging
If you need lodging for Saturday night, there are several B & B’s in the area.  Farm House Inn and Raford Inn, tend to be on the expensive side, but are very close to the workshop site.  In Sebatopol (about 20 minutes away), there is the Sebastopol Inn and the Fairfield Inn with  more reasonable rates.  Camping is available at Mirabel Campgrounds and River Bend Campgrounds.  Both are near the workshop site.

Once a year Kazuaki Tanahashi, Sensei comes to Sonoma County to give a two day workshop, exploring all aspects of Asian calligraphy.  Tanahashi, Sensei is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace activist, whose early training was in Japan.  For more information about Kaz, contact his website at zenbrush.net

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ROHATSU SESSHIN: Four Noble Truths
Dec
1
to Dec 8

ROHATSU SESSHIN: Four Noble Truths

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD * Roshi Enkyo O'Hara * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

The retreat is in silence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating formally as a community, daily dharma talks, private interviews with teachers, liturgy and samu. Sesshin provides a powerful container supporting the unification of body and mind, and our individuality with the community and the world. Roshi Joan Halifax is Abbot of Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Enkyo O’Hara is Abbot of Village Zendo, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi is a Dogen Scholar.

Roshi Joan reviews applications. This is the only sesshin that Roshi leads during the year. In general, she prioritizes attendance for her students and those of Roshi Enkyo, as well as people who have experience with sitting longer sesshin in the past. We also ask that you are able to commit to sitting the entire sesshin with the community. We are not be able to accommodate late comers or those who wish to leave early.

Meals are taken in oriyoki style; we are not able to meet all dietary needs. If you have any special food needs, please be sure to include that information on the application.

Rohatsu sesshin is a wonderful experience, and it is also demanding in many ways. Thoughtfully consider before applying. We ask that you graciously understand if we are unable to accommodate your request to attend. If we cannot accept you at this time, please consider signing up for one of the other programs and sesshins that are offered at Upaya throughout the year.

LODGING FILLS QUICKLY. WE ENCOURAGE EARLY LODGING COMMITMENT.
Acceptance into Rohatsu is based on an application.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518

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ROHATSU SESSSHIN: One and Many
Dec
1
to Dec 8

ROHATSU SESSSHIN: One and Many

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax * Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

The retreat is in silence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating formally as a community, daily dharma talks, private interviews with teachers, liturgy and samu. Sesshin provides a powerful container supporting the unification of body and mind, and our individuality with the community and the world. Roshi Joan Halifax is Abbot of Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Enkyo O'Hara is Abbot of Village Zendo, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Dogen Scholar.

Roshi Joan will review applications. This is the only sesshin that Roshi leads during the year. In general, she prioritizes attendance for her students and those of Roshi Enkyo, as well as people who have experience with sitting longer sesshin in the past. We also ask that you are able to commit to sitting the entire sesshin with the community. We are not be able to accommodate late comers or those who wish to leave early.

Meals are taken in oriyoki style; we will not able to meet all dietary needs. If you have any special food needs, please be sure to include that information on the application.

Rohatsu sesshin is a wonderful experience, and it is also demanding in many ways. Thoughtfully consider before applying. We ask that you graciously understand if we are unable to accommodate your request to attend. If we cannot accept you at this time, please consider signing up for one of the other programs and sesshins that are offered at Upaya throughout the year.

Acceptance into Rohatsu is based on an application. 

  • Balances are due October 1, 2017 for this retreat.
  • Upaya retains a $50 processing fee for all cancellations prior to September 15th.
  • If you cancel from September 16-October 1, Upaya retains the $100 deposit.
  • If you cancel anytime from October 2-30, 50% of the tuition and housing upgrade (if applicable) is non-refundable ($297.50/members; $327/non-members).
  • If you cancel anytime from October 31 - December 1, 100% of your tuition and housing upgrade (if applicable) is non-refundable.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518

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Miracle of Each Moment: Inspiration from the Teachings of Zen Master Dogen
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Miracle of Each Moment: Inspiration from the Teachings of Zen Master Dogen

A weekend workshop with Kazuaki Takahashi and Henry Shukman

Mountain Cloud Zen CenterNovember 25-26
(Saturday and Sunday) 10 AM - 4 PM each day

Join us for meditation, dharma talks, discussion and demonstrations of calligraphy, all inspired by Master Dogen's teachings.

This is a non residential retreat. For those coming from out of town, basic lodging is available in our guest room or in our cabins. If you would like to stay in one of our cabins, please let us know by emailing the registrar at mtncloudzen@gmail.com.  Only lunch is provide, other meals are on your own.

Scholarships available. Register on www. mountaincloud.org

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East/West Calligraphy Workshop Venice, Italy
Nov
5
to Nov 12

East/West Calligraphy Workshop Venice, Italy

Monica Dengo, Master Western Calligrapher

Kazuaki Tanahashi, Master East Asian Calligrapher

            It seems only fitting to hold a workshop to experience a fusion of these two calligraphic traditions in the city where Marco Polo ventured forth to explore the east. After a two-year hiatus, Monica and Kaz come together again to create this life-altering inspirational workshop. Practitioners of either or both traditions are welcome, but no previous experience in those traditions is necessary to attend. All materials are included in the price of the workshop. Instruction will be given in English. Please contact Christine, workshop facilitator, if you think you would need a translator.

         The workshop will take place at Palazzo Minotto in the Gaffaro section of Dorsodoro and is limited to 15 participants. Early registration for the workshop is 930 Euros or $1000 USD (this is the exchange rate as of 11/16, but might need to be adjusted in September when the final payment is due). Early registration ends June 1st and deposits (1/2 of the workshop fee) should be made by then. Sign ups after June 1st are 1000 Euros or $1,100 USD. To ensure accurate communication it would be helpful to make your email communication in English.

            November is the start of low season in Venice, when the weather can still be very good and accommodations are more affordable. Christine has generalinformation on Venice, nearby accommodations, vaporetto passes, etc. Most of it will be posted on her website zenbrush.net

To sign up please contact Christine at zenbrush@yahoo.com to be placed on the list.

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Brush Mind Workshop- Antwerp, Belgium
Oct
13
to Oct 15

Brush Mind Workshop- Antwerp, Belgium

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles.

While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation.

Our materials will include black ink as well as bio-degradable watercolor paint.

No previous experience is needed.

Subscription fee:
-200 euro
Included are use of materials (ink, brushes, paper), and 2 vegetarian meals a day. or
-225 euro  
with overnight stays and breakfast

Ho Sen Dojo vzw
Sint-Rochusstraat 27
2000 Antwerpen
Belgium
info@zenantwerpen.be
0032 487 644 282 (Luc De Winter)

Please send an email and pay,  as confirmation of your subscription, on
IBAN: BE44 3630 4172 0245
BIC: BBRUBEBB
of Ho Sen Dojo vzw

 

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Heart of the Brush
Jul
21
to Jul 23

Heart of the Brush

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kaz Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs.

Maximum Participants: 30
Tuition (Members): $250.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $275.00
More details: Plus lodging. Dana to teacher and residents. 

Lodging: Your tuition fee does not include lodging. Your first choice of lodging may not be available, and private accommodations are very limited.
For information: www.upaya.org. Phone: 505-986-8518 ext. 112 Email: registrar@upaya.org.

If you wish to stay on the Upaya campus, the following options are available:

  • Dorm $70 per night
  • Double $95 per night
  • Single $110 per night
  • RV space $35 per night

 

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SESSHIN
Jul
11
to Jul 16

SESSHIN

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Instructor(s): Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Joshin Brian Byrnes * Genzan Quennell

Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for practice. Each day consists of sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, service and chanting (liturgy), formal meals in the zendo (oryoki*), personal interviews with the teachers, work practice (samu) and physical practice. We observe Noble Silence throughout and support each other in quiet, whole-hearted practice. It is recommended, although certainly not mandatory, that you participate in at least one day-long retreat (Zazenkai or Bodhidharma) before you sit sesshin to prepare you for this very deep and intimate practice.

Tuition (Members): $390.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $430.00
More details: Includes dormitory lodging (upgrade available). Dana to teachers.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

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WAY OF HAIKU: Chiyo and Issa
Feb
17
to Feb 19

WAY OF HAIKU: Chiyo and Issa

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Natalie Goldberg * Charles Trumbull

This weekend is a plunge into the way of haiku with translator Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, writer Natalie Goldberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, and haiku specialist Charles Trumbull. This year, we explore the exquisite haiku of Chiyo-ni and impassioned haiku of Issa.

Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703 - 1775), a poet of the Edo period and a Buddhist nun, was widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets. She began writing haiku at the age of seven, and by the age of seventeen was widely known throughout Japan for her haiku. Chiyo-ni's teachers were students of Basho, although she developed her own exquisite style. 

Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828), a poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect, was renowned for his haiku poems and journals. He is regarded as one of the four great haiku masters in Japan, along with Bashō, Buson and Shiki. He wrote over 20,000 haiku, many treasured today. He also was a visual artist, who often illustrated his haiku.

We explore the lives of Chiyo-ni and Issa, their works, translations, and the role of haiku in Zen, Japan, and our contemporary world. We write haiku, draw, see images of the haiku master's lives and works, and follow the thread of haiku in history and ordinary and practice life.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

 

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Feb
3
to Feb 5

CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

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Dec
1
to Dec 8

ROHATSU: Awakening Together

December 1-8. Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. “ROHATSU SESSSHIN: Awakening Together.”

Instructors: Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot * Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara * Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

The retreat is in silence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating formally as a community, daily dharma talks, private interviews with teachers, liturgy and samu. Sesshin provides a powerful container supporting the unification of body and mind, and our individuality with the community and the world. Roshi Joan Halifax is Abbot of Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Enkyo O'Hara is Abbot of Village Zendo, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Dogen Scholar.

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Jul
29
to Jul 31

CALLIGRAPHY: Drawing Joy Density

July 29-31. Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. “CALLIGRAPHY: Drawing Joy Density” 

Instructor: Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi

For information: http://www.upaya.org . Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

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Jul
9
10:00 AM10:00

Calligraphy Workshop

July 9. Heart of Wisdom Temple, Portland, Oregon. “Calligraphy Workshop.”

For information: http://www.zendust.org/zen-temple. (503) 728-0654.

Kaz Tanahashi, world renowned artist, translator, and peace activist, returns to Portland with this day-long calligraphy workshop.

Kaz’s style is full-bodied, immediate, alive. Drop ideas of artistic ability. Open the heart. Create. Express. Come experience directly the spontaneity of a single moment through brush and paint.

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Jun
19
to Jun 24

Brush Mind

June 19-24. Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Tassajara, Carmel Valley, California. “Brush Mind.” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLSXPHbvMUs&feature=youtu.be

           Welcome to the wondrous world of brush calligraphy! This three-thousand-year-old art form, originated in China, has been commonly practiced in most parts of East Asia, and appreciated throughout the world. This book offers you its history, techniques, aesthetics, and philosophy, with an in-depth practical guide to understanding and drawing ideographs. You may look at the images of ideographs selected from great classical masterpieces and see how these characters are drawn and pronounced, and what they signify. You may also take a brush and try to recreate characters from these examples.

            Studying East Asian calligraphy is a cross-cultural experience for those from other parts of the world, as the formation of characters is unique, and the creative process in calligraphy is quite different from that employed in any other form of art. In following the predetermined stroke orders and recreating master works, you begin to interpret, and then create, your own style and work. This gentle progression of creativity allows you to gradually expand your artistic process.

            Drawing lines with a brush is a joyous visual and tactile experience. You can enjoy drawing lines on any skill level and continue to learn from calligraphers from the past. Repetitious brush movements improve your relaxation and focus, which, in turn, nurture your inner path.

            At first, all East Asian calligraphic works may look similar to you, and you may have difficulty understanding why some of them have been regarded as outstanding pieces while others are not. You will notice little by little, however, the nuances of the lines, spacing, and composition of celebrated pieces. As a way to demonstrate how calligraphic study is done, I show you my own study of ancient samples on a scale suitable for your own drawing, which are presented on right-hand side pages in the part “Master Samples and Study.”

            The lines you draw may initially look unskilled or clumsy, but soon they will gain elegance and fluency. Each moment of practice is a moment of learning. Your eyes will see more acutely and your hand will draw more elegantly. The progress, however, may not be as immediate as you desire. That will allow you all the more opportunity to improve your brushwork and enjoy your experience endlessly! Calligraphy is not a goal-oriented task, but rather a path for deepening your way of life.

            I am delighted to bring you into the heart of this magnificent art form. You may ask me, “How long have you been studying calligraphy?” I answer, “Seventeen…hundred years.” We are in the lineage of this art form that has continued well over a millennium since its classical era.

            What you see in this book is what I have learned to be an ideal approach to East Asian calligraphy. That is, to study ancient Chinese masterpieces from the earliest to the most accomplished stage of your learning. Where the models are outstanding, their handwritten reproductions can be adequate and graceful. I hope you will find this approach helpful in your appreciation and practice of calligraphy.

            Of course, knowing an East Asian language may be of use in learning calligraphy. But you can also view or learn calligraphy as an art form without it. Increasingly you will get used to its writing system.

            Studying calligraphy is one way to realize how much we have to learn from the wisdom, aesthetics, and depth of our ancestors. In this time of rapid technological advancement, in taking up the brush, we become humble and feel privileged to be part of an ancient, creative civilization.

                                                          Kazuaki Tanahashi

from Heart of the Brush, Shambhala Publications, 2016.

For information: www.sfzc.org/tassajaratassrez@sfzc.org. 415 865 1899.

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