Friday, June 21, - Sunday, June 23, 2013
In the Wheelwright Center
with Kazuaki Tanahashi
Explore the creative process through the ancient art of brushwork.
Anyone can take up a brush, follow stroke order, draw lines, and form characters. By copying ancient masters’ samples, even a beginner can create a fairly good piece of calligraphy. This art does not require great creative endeavor as in painting or sculpture. On the other hand, because anyone can practice this, people can easily tell attentively drawn lines from those that were mindlessly drawn. Our presence should be expressed on each line we draw. Each line is drawn naturally, spontaneously, decisively, and uniquely. Our artistic, meditative, and life experience is evident in each line to all viewers. So we learn to render each stroke with total concentration and relaxation. Please join me and enjoy drawing lines.
This retreat will begin with dinner in the Green Gulch dining room on Friday June 21 at 6:00pm. We welcome you to arrive before this time to get settled in your room and discover the beauty of Green Gulch farm. Our time together will come to a close at 11:30am on Sunday June 23.
See Kaz discuss and demonstrate the immediacy of his work and one-stroke brush technique in this video
made during a previous Tassajara workshop.
$170; $153 current SFZC members. Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations. Accommodations at Green Gulch
Registration and Overnight Accommodations:
To register and to reserve accommodations, call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.
Kazuaki Tanahashi is a calligrapher, painter, Zen scholar, and writer. Originally from Japan, he has had solo exhibitions worldwide. As a peace worker, Kaz is founding director of A World Without Armies. Kaz is the editor of a two volume translation of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo, published in July 2011. His book Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan was published in October 9, 2012.
For more information on Kaz and his other publications, visit his web site: