Those of you who know me will know how inspired I am by Japanese culture. 10 years ago I was fortunate to receive sponsorship for a month's travel around Tokyo and Kyoto. Primarily it was to study Zen brushwork (Japanese calligraphy) with a Zen master. As you can imagine it was an extraordinary experience which continues to feed me even ten years on for which I feel deeply grateful. I've continued with the brushwork and share it with groups and on workshops. It's opened up the way I am and the way I work and I know it'll be a lifelong passion. Btw the Japanese believe that in your 70th year your line becomes even more profound and deep...well I've a way to go til then- but until then I'll just keep practicing.Here is my attempt at #writingwithaneedle the signature of an 19th century Zen luminary called #Tesshu- a samurai warrior and calligrapher.
Children of His MajestyYamaoka Tesshu was a tutor of the emperor. He was also a master of fencing and a profound student of Zen.His home was the abode of vagabonds. He had but one suit of clothes, for they kept him always poor.The emperor, observing how worn his garments were, gave Yamaoka some money to buy new ones. The next time Yamaoka appeared he wore the same old outfit. “What became of the new clothes, Yamaoka?” asked the emperor. “I provided clothes for the children of Your Majesty,” explained Yamaoka. #101ZenStories#buddhism#emporer#fencing#tesshu#yamaoka#zen#zenkoan