Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi, a Japanese-trained calligrapher, is the pioneer of the genre of “one stroke painting” as well as the creator of multicolor enso (Zen circles). His brushwork has been shown in solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and universities all over the world. Tanahashi has edited several books of Dogen’s writings and is also the author of Brush Mind.

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ARTICLES

Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan | An Excerpt from The Complete Cold Mountain

Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan The Universality of Hanshan’s Writing Though the poems in this collection were written more than twelve hundred years ago, poetry that expresses our common human experience with the unflinching wisdom and truth found in Hanshan’s...
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Art in a Time of Global Crisis | An Excerpt from Painting Peace

The Power of Art This short essay was written in 1987, when no one had any idea whether the Cold War would ever come to an end. We are still in a global crisis, but in another form. The Necessity of Political Art Art in a period of widely-perceived global crisis can never...
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Buddhist Poetry - A Reader Guide

Navigating the vast world of spiritual verse can be disorienting. With so many anthologies and translations to choose from, finding what speaks to you can be a real challenge. Shambhala Publications publishes numerous books of Buddhist poetry, and we’ve gathered some of our favorites here. Ranging...
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A Walk with Dogen into Our Time

Peter Levitt’s introduction to The Essential Dogen In 1954 poet Allen Ginsberg wrote a poem called “Song” that acknowledges the weight of our human circumstance and suf­fering in a particular and somewhat unusual way. I believe it may also provide a gateway to the following...
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EVENTS

Brush Mind with Kazuaki Tanahashi

August 23–28, 2018 | Carmel Valley, ca

No previous experience with brushwork is necessary. Explore the inner dimensions of brushwork practice and the joy of mindfulness. We will learn the basic skills of brushwork by reproducing ideograms from ancient Chinese masterpieces. We will also interpret these works, improvise, and witness...

Zen Brush Workshop with Kazuaki Tanahashi

September 15–16, 2018 | Sonoma County, ca

Once a year Kazuaki Tanahashi, Sensei comes to Sonoma County to give a two day workshop, exploring all aspects of Asian calligraphy. Tanahashi, Sensei is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace activist, whose early training was in Japan. Theme for 2018: Practice Cost for the two day workshop...