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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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  • Finding Zen Scrolls, Part 2

    July 29, 2011

    In Japan, there are home demolition specialists that tear down a house, salvaging anything that looks of value, for example, interesting pieces of wood and the things a family leaves...

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  • Finding Zen Scrolls, Part 1

    July 21, 2011

    Where do Zen scrolls come from?
    Every Saturday, I visited the antique stores in Sendai. The dealers were my mentors and friends, and a few were serious Zen students and ardent...

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  • Upcoming Summer Seminar

    June 30, 2011

    I will be leading an Aikido seminar in Belgium from July 16 to July 22. This is the 23rd year that the seminar has been held.  We focus on the...

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  • An Update on Sendai

    June 15, 2011

    In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that stuck northern Japan on March 11, my friends and family in Sendai report that they have, as much as possible, returned to...

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  • Zen Art in Greece

    May 26, 2011

    I participated in the International Art Seminar organized by Eamonn Devlin and Aikido of Athens from May 5–8 in Nafplio, Greece. I taught classes on Zen calligraphy, Misogi, and Aikido...

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