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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

  • Bochum, Germany

    September 26, 2011

    John Stevens and Felix Hess in front of a Daruma by Hakuin. The Hakuin scroll is one of 15 from Felix Hess' Kaeru-an Collection on display at the Buddha Spur...

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  • Zen Reflections in England

    September 19, 2011

    In England, I visited the Tate Gallery to see the works of J.W.M. Turner (1773–1851), Britain’s most celebrated painter.  Turner is considered a romantic artist, and most of his paintings...

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  • Zen Reflections in Tuscany

    September 6, 2011

    I was in Tuscany the last week of July. I spent much of my time gazing upon the glories of Italian renaissance art in Siena and Florence. There are many...

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  • Buddha's Trace in Bochum, Germany

    August 18, 2011

    On August 28th, the exhibition Buddha's Trace (Buddhas Spur) will open at the Bochum Art Museum in Bochum, Germany. John Stevens is one of the curators, and sixteen Zenga from...

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  • Paul Reps' "Zen Fish"

    August 8, 2011

    For the past forty years, anyone with even a passing interest in Zen has likely read Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel and Zen Flesh, Zen Bones...

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