How to Brush an Ensō

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  • Kokuu
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Nov 2012
    • 6737

    How to Brush an Ensō

    Hi all

    Short instructional video on how to brush an ensō that I found helpful. Other videos from the same channel deal with more aspects of Japanese calligraphy for those with an interest in shodō.



    Gassho
    Kokuu
    #sat today
    Last edited by Kokuu; 11-29-2014, 12:29 PM.
  • lorax
    Member
    • Jun 2008
    • 381

    #2
    Kokuu
    Thanks so much for this great resource!

    (haven't sat yet this morning) but wanted to thank youl
    Shozan

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    • Myosha
      Member
      • Mar 2013
      • 2974

      #3
      Hello,

      Thank you for the link.


      Gassho,
      Myosha sat today
      "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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      • Dosho
        Member
        • Jun 2008
        • 5784

        #4
        Thanks Kokuu!

        Although I would have liked to have seen some of his other "not so good" ensos. I bet they are still quite wonderful.

        Gassho,
        Dosho

        Sat today

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        • Mp

          #5
          This is great Kokuu, thank you. =)

          Gassho
          Shingen

          #sattoday

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          • Jundo
            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
            • Apr 2006
            • 39075

            #6
            Just a feeling (eye of the beholder and all such), much as one might say that one pianist has "it" while another just seems to be pushing keys ... but that fellow leaves the heart rather cold. Perhaps more like "big ink circles" than the universe. Can't tell why, save to compare to this ...

            Enso, round without circles ...

            This is a "window" into Miyu Tamamura's work. Calligraphy is not something that is typically performed in public. By sharing the experience of creation with...


            (I say that as someone who makes chicken scratchings when I write ... just a feeling. )

            Gassho, J
            Last edited by Jundo; 11-29-2014, 06:52 PM.
            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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            • Jundo
              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
              • Apr 2006
              • 39075

              #7
              This Rinzai Master, Aikidoka and Calligrapher finally gets down to Enso about 5 minutes in ... but all that comes before during those minutes -is- the Enso, not only the rather simple circle traced ...

              Terayama Tanchu Sensei (1938-2007) was a Japanese master of Zen, Hitsuzendo - Zen Calligraphy - and Zen Budo. Terayama Sensei was the head of Hitsuzenkai-com...


              Gassho, J

              SatToday
              ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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              • Byokan
                Treeleaf Unsui
                • Apr 2014
                • 4269

                #8
                Hi All,

                Yes, there seems to be more depth in the Tanamura video -- lovely!

                However, when I watched her video I thought, “Wow, neat, she’s a real artist, how beautiful!”

                When I watched the first video I thought, “Hey, cool, maybe I will pull out my paints today and try that!”

                So great value to both.

                Gassho
                Lisa
                sat today
                展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
                Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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                • Jundo
                  Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                  • Apr 2006
                  • 39075

                  #9
                  Originally posted by raindrop

                  When I watched the first video I thought, “Hey, cool, maybe I will pull out my paints today and try that!”

                  So great value to both.

                  Gassho
                  Lisa
                  sat today
                  Hi Lisa,

                  I am not so sure in this case ... any more than amateur me can get on the Karate mat and demonstrate good Kata form, dance like Nureyev or get in the kitchen and cook like a master chef. Sure, I can run in and make a bowl of soup, shake my bootie for fun or pretend I am Bruce Lee, all fun and fine in their way ... but I don't think we can Enso just by putting paint on a page. Mindful-mindless embodiment and experience are vital.

                  Gassho, J

                  Sattoday
                  Last edited by Jundo; 11-29-2014, 07:06 PM.
                  ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                  • Jundo
                    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                    • Apr 2006
                    • 39075

                    #10
                    This is not Enso (except as all things are "Enso"), but Nishijima Roshi's way of writing. He had a lovely way. The mixing of the ink at the start ... and the affixing of the stamps at the end ... are all a vital facet of the Practice ...



                    Gassho, J
                    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                    • Byokan
                      Treeleaf Unsui
                      • Apr 2014
                      • 4269

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Jundo
                      Hi Lisa,

                      I am not so sure in this case ... any more than amateur me can get on the Karate mat and demonstrate good Kata form, dance like Nureyev or get in the kitchen and cook like a master chef. Sure, I can run in and make a bowl of soup, shake my bootie for fun or pretend I am Bruce Lee, all fun and fine in their way ... but I don't think we can Enso just by putting paint on a page. Mindful-mindless embodiment and experience are vital.

                      Gassho, J

                      Sattoday
                      Hi Jundo,

                      Oh, for sure, I’m not going to make anything like an authentic Enso just playing around. I’ll be making big ink circles. I only meant that playing around is good, and if it piques an interest then one may be drawn to look into it further and start studying the real practice. We non-artists have a hard time even starting anything, because we know it won’t be any “good.” So if a video gives me “permission” to play around because it’s not so deep and serious, that’s a cool thing. I think people should allow themselves to dance badly, paint badly, cook something horrible, and even sing off tune. (I do all those things, horribly, and with great joy.)


                      BUT yes, we should have respect for the real practice and not confuse the two! One hates to see an art form cheapened or misrepresented.

                      Gassho
                      Lisa
                      sat today
                      展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
                      Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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                      • Jundo
                        Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                        • Apr 2006
                        • 39075

                        #12
                        Hi Lisa,

                        Well, I am all for fooling around and having fun.

                        But not in this case. There is a time to respect traditional form, and not merely be smearing ink on paper. Otherwise, it is the difference between this fellow (who, by the way, happens to be the founder of the Karate lineage in which our Yugen studies) ...



                        and just fooling around.



                        Even in our little Sangha, where we are very much minimalist on Traditional forms such as bowing and offering incense, I encourage our priests-in-training to learn from the masters and do so with all sincerity ... not simply from people going through the motions. In some practices, I am all for people making "their own ritual" and just being sincere about it, but not here. Perhaps because this is so fundamental, like basic Karate Kata forms.

                        Gassho, J
                        Last edited by Jundo; 11-30-2014, 01:38 AM.
                        ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                        • Byokan
                          Treeleaf Unsui
                          • Apr 2014
                          • 4269

                          #13
                          Yowza! That chi just about shattered my computer screen. Point well taken, Teacher.

                          Gassho
                          Lisa
                          sat today

                          ps. dang, I love that Star Wars kid
                          Last edited by Byokan; 11-30-2014, 01:39 AM.
                          展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
                          Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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                          • Joyo

                            #14
                            Hi Kokuu, thank you for the video and for starting this discussion. Jundo, thank you, Miyu is so elegant and beautiful with her calligraphy.

                            I have two calligraphy tattoos, one of an enso, and the other a shoshin. They are a continuous reminder of my life-long dedication to this practice.

                            Gassho,
                            Joyo
                            sat today

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                            • Troy
                              Member
                              • Sep 2013
                              • 1318

                              #15
                              Thank you Kokuu. I would love to try this someday. What a great way to practice


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