Enso: Zen Circles of Enlightenment

Posted on April 23

The Enso is of the pictures most attentive of zen art, and it has developed into a type symbol of clean and strong Japanese esthetiek. It is a rich mixture to interpretaties-gezien if everything of rijstwafel a symbol of infinity. But irrespective of how it is understood that the Enso first place an expression of the spirit of the artist who it brushes. There is said that clearly can read the situation of the zen zen-beoefenaars in its or its implementation of the circle. Audrey Yoshiko Seo bring a collection of the quintessences of Enso art the splendid mixture of form and are variations show, from the seventeenth century up to present, each with more than comment. The comment aims at the importance of art and its historical context and gives to an analysis of technique each artist. Also included its biografieà n of artists, of whom many are important Japanese zen teachers. Pagina' s Pagina' s 74-75 118-119 124-125 Pagina' s Pagina' s 126-127

Enso: Zen Circles of Enlightenment

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3 Responses

  1. Joseph J. Truncale
    April 23rd, 2010

    As someone who has had a life long interest in Asian martial arts, brush/ink arts, Haiku and Enso(Zen circles), I found this to be an excellent guide to the philosophical aspects of Zen circles. I never realized how many types of circles could be made and all are unique in themselves. The introduction explains the relationship between Zen and the circle. The circle is often used in Zen to teach, enlighten and look into ourselves. Each brush stroke is unique in itself. In conclusion, this is a book anyone who is into Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Enso (Zen circle of enlightenment)will love. Rating: 5 stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Season of the Warrior: a poetic tribute to warriors, Never Trust a Politician, PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques).
    Rating: 5 / 5


  2. Patricia A. Eastman
    April 23rd, 2010

    It is a wonderful teaching illustration of Zen writing and artistic expression throughout history. It is a rich work for those particularly drawn to the Circle whether from the East or West.
    Rating: 5 / 5


  3. Z. Edelson
    April 23rd, 2010

    This is an excellent consideration of both the circles and the accompanying texts that are part of the enso experience. There is a perceptive description of each of the monks (and occasionally a nun) who created the ensos selected and an interesting analysis of both the art of the circle and the calligraphy of the individual work he or she created. As an artist I found the material in this book stimulating and productive.
    Rating: 4 / 5




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