Living Brush: A Calligraphic Exploration, with Barbara Bash

New York City  

July 13, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

In taking up creative expression as Buddhist practice, what is in the mind — and may be hidden from our awareness — suddenly becomes manifest. In brush painting, we see it on the sheet before our eyes. This allows us to practice and let go of what may be hindering our moving forward in spiritual practice and life itself. In this way, it provides a wonderful complement to traditional meditation practice and helps us to embody some of these more subtle aspects of spiritual practice in creative activity.

What is the experience of making our mark — a clear and natural gesture — in the world? In this retreat with celebrated brush painter, illustrator, and author Barbara Bash, we will begin with the grounding practice of straight lines and ancient Chinese pictograms to explore the principles of heaven, earth, and human in the calligraphic act. Moving to bigger brushes, larger forms, and spontaneous strokes, body and mind synchronize. In the end, words may appear on the page, connecting the personal hand with the voice of the moment.

About the Instructor: Barbara Bash is a calligrapher, illustrator, and author whose interest in the dialogue between Buddhist principles and the creative process spans decades. She has written and illustrated many books on natural history for adults and children. She also teaches workshops in illustrated journaling, expressive brush calligraphy, and communication practices. True Nature was her first published journal and has just been reissued in a new expanded edition. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley, where she creates her books and does expressive calligraphic performance art.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
Living Brush, with Barbara Bash
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •