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Heart of the Brush - Berlin Germany

Clarifying the mind through exploring the foundations of Zen calligraphy and creative brushwork

In the first part of the workshop, we will explore the wisdom of 1,700-year-old East Asian calligraphy by examining ancient Chinese masterpieces, learning the ancient creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs of different styles. In second part, participants will experiment with artistic interpretations and expressionistic improvisations, using a variety of paper, ink, watercolor, and brushes of different sizes. No previous experience is needed. Brushes, paint, and paper are provided.

 Learning the basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork gives students the opportunity to observe the mind, noticing how inner criticisms can keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we learn to set aside our judging mind while increasing our enjoyment and serenity, a practice which can be applied in everyday life.

 Kazuaki Tanahashi (b. 1933) is a renowned Japanese artist, writer, and peace worker who work is acclaimed internationally in exhibitions, performances, retreats, and workshops. He is the author and translator of eighteen books on Zen Buddhism and Calligraphy, most recently Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis and Heart of the Brush: The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy, both published by Shambhala Publications. (

 To register, email Antje Mac Lean at

For more information in English, contact Petra Rheinwalt at

Workshop Details:

 Please bring a paper weight (like a heavy stone) to keep paper from moving during calligraphy.

 Location: Seminarhaus S1516, Schönholzer Str. 16, 10115 Berlin-Mitte,


Friday 2-6 pm Introduction and first exercises

Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Presentations and exercises

Sunday 10 am - 2 pm working with bigger brushes and final round

Cost: 190,00 EUR (reduction in special cases possible).

Languages: English, with translation into German on request.