Zen and the Arts of Japan

$1,600.00

Japanese art inspired by Zen Buddhism has a particular beauty—a beauty of stillness and silence. With its simplicity, ritual, and authentic way of being, Zen developed the aesthetic of wabi-sabi: natural and perfectly imperfect.

This seminar is an opportunity to explore a rich diversity of Japanese arts: painting, poetry, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, garden design, tea ceremony, textiles, and woodblock prints. Open yourself more fully to this unique culture and artistic tradition.

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Sean Forester is an artist and lecturer from the San Francisco Bay Area. As a painter, Sean has a long been inspired by Japanese art. He will lead the Classical Pursuits travel tour to Kyoto in November 2022. Sean studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, and the Florence Academy of Art.

BOOKS AND MATERIALS

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings, edited by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki
(Tuttle Publishing, 1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0804831864

How to Look at Japanese Art, by Stephen Addiss
(Echo Point Books & Media, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1626542822

The Art of the Japanese Garden, by David Young and Michiko Young
(Tuttle Publishing, 2019)
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-4805314975

Sean will also provide a PDF with haiku poems and excerpts from The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo, which is in the public domain

Participants are required to obtain the specified editions to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion.

Japanese art inspired by Zen Buddhism has a particular beauty—a beauty of stillness and silence. With its simplicity, ritual, and authentic way of being, Zen developed the aesthetic of wabi-sabi: natural and perfectly imperfect. From haiku poetry to raku ceramics, Zen artists recognized the gift of life and the impermanence of all things. Zen teaches that we can not reach awakening by thinking alone. Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness in everyday life, we go deeper.

Do you sometimes feel stressed by the pace of contemporary life? Contemplating the expanse of the white gravel in a rock garden offers such a moment of stillness and silence. A few artistically placed stones emerge like islands from the sea or mountains above a layer of clouds. Some would say the garden expresses the Zen philosophy “form is emptiness, emptiness is form.”

Join us for a seminar on Zen teachings and how they shaped the arts of Japan. This is an opportunity to explore a rich diversity of Japanese arts: painting, poetry, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, garden design, tea ceremony, textiles, and woodblock prints. Open yourself more fully to this unique culture and artistic tradition. Then see how Japanese art shaped Western art, how Hokusai and Hiroshige inspired Monet, Cassat, and van Gogh.

“What a strange thing!
To be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
—Kobayashi Issa

 

 

 

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