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

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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About Kazuaki Tanahashi: An Interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

Shambhala: How long have you known Kaz? Roshi Joan: I met Kaz in the mid 1980s when we invited him and other artists to the Ojai Foundation with Thich Nhat Hanh. I felt an instant connection with him, and since that time we have collaborated on many projects and have become good friends and allies...
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EVENTS

Heart of the Brush Calligraphy Workshop with Kazuaki Tanahashi

July 13–15, 2018 | Santa Fe, nm

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist,...

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...