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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ensō - Zenga Art

Potter Enso ~ Nakazato Muan (1895-1985)
~ Photo: Robyn Buntin of Honolulu

Potter Enso Shikishiban
brushed by Nakazato Maun
about 1976

This is a treasure from my personal Ensō collection. What is an Enso? In Zen Buddhist painting, Ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body and spirit create in full moment-to-moment concert. The Ensō symbolizes enlightenment, power, and the universe itself. It is a direct expression of thusness or this-moment-as-it-is. Ensō is considered to be one of the most profound subjects in zenga (Zen inspired painting).

'Kokoro tadashikereba sunawachi fude tadashi'.
If your mind is correct, the brush will be correct.

To learn more about the symbolism and beauty of 'The Ensō', please visit Gallery Enso.

You can also view Contemporary Western Ensō by Carmel artist Casey Shannon. There you can purchase original Ensō paintings or Fine Art Prints, which can be finished with a frame right on the website you will be directed to view. Enjoy!


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