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Ensō : Zen circles of enlightenment

Author: Audrey Yoshiko Seo; John Daido Loori
Publisher: Boston : Weatherhill, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The enso, or "Zen circle," is one of the most prevalent images of Zen art, and it has become a symbol of the clean and strong Zen aesthetic--to the point where one sees ensos on everything from screensavers to restaurant menus. Regardless of how it is interpreted, the enso is an expression of the mind of the artist. It is said that the state of the practitioner can be particularly clearly read in the manner of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Seo, Audrey Yoshiko.
Ensō.
Boston : Weatherhill, 2007
(OCoLC)608248314
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Audrey Yoshiko Seo; John Daido Loori
ISBN: 0834805758 9780834805750 9781590306086 1590306082
OCLC Number: 71329980
Description: xviii, 170 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Alone am the honored one / Torei Enji --
2. I alone am the honored one / Torei Enji --
3. Autumn moon / Gasan Jito --
4. Autumn moon / Inzan Ien --
5. Katsu / Mokurai Soen --
6. No space in the ten directions / Hakuin Ekaku --
7. Peace / Takuju Kosen --
8. Sakyamuni and Maitreya / Bankei Yotaku --
9. Unborn / Yamada Mumon --
10. Not one thing / Ryonen Genso --
11. Bamboo / Deiryu Kutsu --
12. Rice cake / Ryochu Nyoryu --
13. Toilet / So Saibai --
14. What is this? / Fukushima Keido --
15. What is this? / Daido Bunka --
16. Dog / Kasumi Bunsho --
17. Mr. Moon / Nantenbo --
18. True emptiness / Ungo Kiyo --
19. Board / Kosetsu Soryu --
20. Wind and bamboo / Shibayama Zenkei --
21. Barriers / Daikyu Ebo --
22. Barriers / Jiun Sonja --
23. Cultivating skill / Chuho Sou --
24. Pine / Deiryu Kutsu --
25. Baking pan / Setsudo Nyoun --
26. Every shape, every form / Keiju Dorin --
27. Cake / Shunso Joshu --
28. Eat this / Fukushima Keido --
29. I alone am the honored one / Torei Enji --
30. I alone am the honored one / Torei Enji --
31. Enso in enso / Nantenbo --
32. What is this? / Shunso Joshu --
33. Abiraunken / Jiun Sonja --
34. Oxherding / Mamiya Eishu --
35. Nothing lacking / Yamada Mumon --
36. Nothing lacking / Taikan Monju --
37. Enter into the faith / Hata Egyokyu --
38. Enter from here / Hoshino Taigen --
39. Board / Chuho Sou --
40. Catch it! / Nantenbo --
41. Autumn moon / Inzan Ien --
42. Rice Cake / Morita Goyu --
43. Mochi / Nantenbo --
44. Mochi / Yamamoto Gempo --
45. Fancy words / Godo Soken --
46. Nothing else / Torei Enji --
47. Smiling circle / Ishikawa Bokugyu --
48. Dream / Deiryu Kutsu --
49. Endless purity / Dairyu Sojo --
50. Great peace / Nakagawa Soen --
51. What is this? / Kaizan Sokaku --
52. What is this? / Torei Enji --
53. Mouse / Okada Kido --
54. Universe lingers / Ranzan Shoryu --
55. Mu / Kojima Kendo --
56. Triangle / Fukushima Keido
Responsibility: Audrey Yoshiko Seo ; foreword by John Daido Loori.
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"The enso, or "Zen circle," is one of the most prevalent images of Zen art, and it has become a symbol of the clean and strong Zen aesthetic--to the point where one sees ensos on everything from screensavers to restaurant menus. Regardless of how it is interpreted, the enso is an expression of the mind of the artist. It is said that the state of the practitioner can be particularly clearly read in the manner of execution of an enso. Here Zen art expert Audrey Yoshiko Seo brings together a collection of the best examples of traditional enso art to show the wonderful variety of the form and its interpretations, from the seventeenth century to the present. Each piece occupies an entire page, with commentary on the facing page. Seo's commentary focuses on the meaning of the art and the historical context in which it was brushed, as well as providing analysis of each artist's technique. Also included are biographies of the artists--many of whom are important Japanese Zen teachers."--Publisher description.

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