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Zen No Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi

Zen No Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi
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  • ISBN-13: 9781574160710
  • ISBN: 1574160710
  • Publisher: Clear Light Publishers

AUTHOR

Wirth, Jason M., Yoshiko Seo, Audrey, Addiss, Stephen

SUMMARY

Fukushima Roshi is head abbot of Tofuku-ji Monastery, one of the great five mountain monasteries (gozan) of Kyoto, Japan and one of the great centers of the Rinzai Zen tradition. He comes to the United States once a year. As part of those visits, Fukushima conducts demonstrations of his extraordinary calligraphy. Done in the gyosho or "running, " "semi-cursive" style, they borrow from Zen's rich heritage of poetry and Goroku ("Records") of the sayings and activities of the great Zen Masters. Fukushima's calligraphy is not merely didactic, a gilded vessel to make Zen doctrines more palatable. They are technically masterful, reflecting Fukushima's training in the calligraphic arts from an early age as well as his apprenticeship with Okada Roshi and his kaisho or "block" script, and Shibayama Roshi and his exquisite gyosho script. But like the beneficent force of Shibayama's calligraphy, from which he learned much, Fukushima's calligraphy is a quiet storm, a serene volcano, a compassionate and gentle eruption of the vast energy or ki of the Zen mind. The gentle forms of Fukushima's calligraphy are rife with the erupting force of mushin. This book reproduces twenty pieces of Fukushima's calligraphy, as well as a rare piece done by both Shibayama Roshi and Suzuki Sensei. Set against Fukushima's calligraphy, one can see in it all three generations of bridge builders of one of the most important lineages of dharma transmission from Japan to the United States. To complete things a magnificent portrait of Bodhidharma (Japanese: Daruma), attributed to the incomparable Zen ink painter Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506). This volume also contains essays on Fukushima in particular and Zen calligraphy in generalby some of the leading scholars in the field. Dr. Audrey Yoshiko Seo, principle author of The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Masters, provides an intellectual biography of Fukushima. DrWirth, Jason M. is the author of 'Zen No Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi' with ISBN 9781574160710 and ISBN 1574160710.

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