We are pleased to announce the redesign and update of the Shambhala Zen Art Gallery. We will be making more new and outstanding Zen scrolls available over the coming months, including works by such masters as Hakuin, Sengai, Takuan, Jiun, Gocho, Tesshu and Nantembo. In addition to the sections we have already had on the gallery—Enso, Daruma, Calligraphy, Painting, and Martial Art Masters—we have added a new Kannon (Kuan-yin) section, containing both paintings of, and calligraphy about, this Bodhisattva of Compassion. The Martial Art Masters section will be renamed “Tesshu,” to emphasize the focus the gallery has on this great master of the Sword, Zen, and Brush. There will some other new features as well—an updated bibliography, a revised “Artists” section, and notes on the care and display of Zen scrolls.
Also new is the opening of this blog by the director of the gallery, John Stevens. He has spent thirty-five years studying Zen art, and he is perhaps the world’s leading authority on the subject. In the blog, different scrolls will be featured each month, and Prof. Stevens will discuss various aspects of Zen art, past and present. There will also be information on upcoming seminars and exhibitions of Zen art.
Thank you all for your interest in the Shambhala Zen Art Gallery. The Shambhala Zen Art Gallery provides people all over the world with the opportunity to learn about and enjoy Zenga. Professor Stevens is grateful that he will be able to share his enthusiasm more directly in this blog, and looks forward to writing new entries about Zenga each month.