Zen Art for Meditation

Zen Art for Meditation

Zen Art for Meditation

Zen Art for Meditation

Excerpt

This book is meant for those who wish to own reproductions of some of the finest pictorial art in the Zen tradition, in a format favorable to participation in the artists' vision.

Hundreds of pictures from the canon of classical Chinese and Japanese ink painting were examined to find thirty-one that would appeal to Western viewers and would also present a wide spectrum of subjects and styles. The originals of this gallery-without-walls exhibition are in collections all over the world. These private and national treasures are widely considered to be not only great works of art but also portraits of various faces of man's soul.

From this it follows that this book is also for those who wish, by meditating somewhat in the Zen way, to experience certain insights into human nature and the universe. To this end it provides for each picture a commentary focused on a Zen tenet and illuminated by haiku poems. Thus great masterpieces by Zen-inspired artists and poets, used and preserved for centuries by followers of the Zen Way, are here made available to Westerners as stimuli to expansions of consciousness. The book may function as a substitute (admittedly quite inadequate) for the guidance of a Zen master.

• Using the Book

Whether you are primarily interested in enjoying great examples of the Chinese and Japanese art of ink painting (sumi-e) or in achiev-

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