Paintings of Zen phrases to remind us of our True Awakened Nature. In the Zen tradition such paintings and calligraphy were created by Zen Masters to help their students attain enlightenment. In a world of so many conflicting messages vying for your attention, these paintings serve as wonderful, simple reminders of what is truly important in life. It is important to understand and practice formal Japanese kanji (calligraphy) until this skill becomes natural. But Zen calligraphy is a bit different. Also called shodo or hitsuzendo, Zen calligraphy is original, spontaneous and flows from an empty mind. You can find many beautiful examples of formal traditional kanji on the internet today. True Zen calligraphy is a bit harder to find. It flows from the awakened mind and transmits something far deeper than the symbols that are seen.
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