Touching the Page, with Barbara Bash

Northeast USA  

July 19, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

bashBDZen Center of New York City

In taking up creative expression as an aspect of our Buddhist practice, what is in the mind—and which may be hidden from our awareness—suddenly becomes manifest. In brush painting, we see it on the sheet before our eyes. This both reveals the subtle aspects of mind and gives us a tangible way to practice leaping forth. 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.

In this retreat with celebrated brush painter, illustrator, and author Barbara Bash, we will work with small and large brushes, landing on the page of our life again and again. Guided by the ancient principles of heaven, earth, and human, we sense how to begin, how to follow through, and how to complete the joining of image and word. The animal forms of Chinese pictograms will be our springboard. In the end, words appear on the page in a relaxed three-line haiku form, connecting the distinctive and 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:
Touching the Page, with Barbara Bash
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •