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Zen masters used the medium of paper, brush, and ink to create Zenga–art formed with “brushstrokes of enlightenment.” Over the centuries, Zenga were widely dispersed over Japan, displayed everywhere–in temples, in farm houses, in merchant shops, in samurai villas, and in lordly castles. In modern times, Zenga have been recognized as one of the glories of world culture, and many wonderful Zenga have come to the West to work their magic.


To view our collection of Zenga for sale, please visit the Zen Art Gallery, which is curated by Zen Art expert John Stevens, who is also the author of this blog.

Zen Art

  • The Compassionate Mother Who Nurtures Children

    December 3, 2013

    Among the new scrolls in the gallery is a “Zen Madonna and Child” by Sengai, an appropriate scroll for Christmas. It is believed that Buddhist artists adopted this theme of...

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  • Zenga and Shunga

    May 17, 2013

    Zenga and shunga (erotic art)* would seem to be on different ends of the artistic spectrum. Zenga are created with a minimum of brush strokes in mostly black and white...

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  • Wall-Gazing Daruma

    February 19, 2013

    While there are many “in-your-face, I have always got my eyes on you” Daruma Zenga in the gallery, there is also one wall-gazing Daruma painting by Nantembo. Prior to appearing...

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  • The Year of the Snake

    January 10, 2013

    The year of the dragon has turned into the year of the snake. The dragon and the snake have a lot in common, and certain calligraphic talismans combine both elements...

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  • Zen Christmas

    December 5, 2012

    Mahayana Buddhism is a vehicle with room enough for every one to get on board. One meaning of Zen is “all-embracing.” In Zen Buddhism, if something has great benefit to...

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