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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

  • Ruth Fuller Sasaki, the Grandmother of Zen in the West

    November 5, 2012

    Halloween 1893 was the birth date of Ruth Fuller Sasaki, the Grandmother of Zen in the West. Sasaki was the principal force behind the First Zen Institute of America, the...


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  • Mayumi Oda, contemporary Zen artist

    October 11, 2012

    After three months of traveling to Europe and Israel, I am now back home in Honolulu. I visited my friend Felix Hess in Haren, the Netherlands, and we worked together...


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  • Six New Scrolls!

    June 29, 2012

    This month there are six new scrolls in the Zen Art Gallery: two Zen skulls by Yamaoka Tesshu (# 2346 & # 2347), two Darumas (# 2370 Toin and #...


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  • Time to Wake Up

    May 17, 2012

    There are two cockadoodling roosters in the Gallery, one by a Shinto hermit and one by a Zen master. Insulted by her naughty brother Susanoo, the Goddess of Heavenly Light...


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  • Zenmi—A Taste of Zen

    April 27, 2012

    The Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, has recently published Zenmi—a Taste of Zen: Paintings, Calligraphy, and Ceramics from the Riva Lee Asbell Collection. The collection focuses on 20th-century Zen...


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