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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.

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  • One Year Later

    April 27, 2012

    March 11 marked one year since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami struck Sendai, Japan, and the surrounding area. As I mentioned, all of my family members, friends, and colleagues fortunately...

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  • Cutting to the Heart

    February 1, 2012

    Nakayama Hakudo is one of the greatest swordsmen of 20th century Japan and the father of iaido. He coined the term. Hakudo was active both before and after World War...

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  • New Year Greeting

    January 10, 2012

    It is customary for Zen masters to have a break in their busy schedules over the New Year. Many of them used this time to brush Zenga—for the patrons of...

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  • “I’ve got my eye on you”

    December 5, 2011

    It is not only Bodhidharma that has his eye on us.  The above image is said to be the oldest and most faithful portrait of Shakyamuni Buddha (The picture is...

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  • In Your Face Daruma

    October 10, 2011

    The Hakuin Side View Daruma from the Felix Hess Kaeru-an Collection now on display at the Buddha Spur exhibition at the Bochum Kunstmuseum in Germany. “I’ve got my eye on...

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