Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony

Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony

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by H. E. Davey
     
 

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Based on traditional Japanese shodo, "the Way of Calligraphy," Brush Meditation introduces beginners and non-artists alike to working with brush and ink as a form of "moving meditation." By showing you how the most elemental brush strokes reveal your physical and mental state, it teaches you to become "one with the brush," attuned to the underlying principles of

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Based on traditional Japanese shodo, "the Way of Calligraphy," Brush Meditation introduces beginners and non-artists alike to working with brush and ink as a form of "moving meditation." By showing you how the most elemental brush strokes reveal your physical and mental state, it teaches you to become "one with the brush," attuned to the underlying principles of life and nature.As the text explores the intricate relationships of mind, body, and brush, it delves into the mysteries of human life energy, or ki, and the power of the hara, a natural abdominal center. Simple exercises demonstrate how to use the brush in spiritual practice, while illustrations guide every step. In the Appendix is information about how to find more formal instruction as well as sources for brushes, ink, and paper.

Author Biography: H. E. Davey is founder and director of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts and the author of The Japanese Way of the Flower: Ikebana as Moving Meditation. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brush Meditation is part of Stone Bridge Press's MICHI: JAPANESE ARTS AND WAYS series. From chado—"the Way of tea"—to budo—"the martial Way"—Japan has succeeded in spiritualizing a number of classical arts. The names of these skills often end in Do, also pronounced Michi, meaning the "Way." By studying a Way in detail, we discover vital principles that transcend the art and relate more broadly to the art of living itself. Featuring the work of H. E. Davey and other select authors, books in the series MICHI: JAPANESE ARTS AND WAYS focus on these Do forms. They are about discipline and spirituality, about moving from the particular to the universal... to benefit people of any culture.

Editorial Reviews

Sandra Marshall
More than just an art adventure, this book introduces one to the spirit of Asian culture. Brush up your own spirituality with simple step-by-step exercises that explore life's mysteries.
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Island Magazine
From flower arranging to the tea ceremony, Japanese arts reflect a shared aesthetic. In Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony H. E. Davey uses Japanese calligraphy as a way to get at both the art and the philosophy behind it. Davey, director of a Japanese cultural arts center in San Francisco and an honored calligrapher in Japan, provides step-by-step guidance for handling the brush, but this engaging book is not so much about learning to copy kanji characters as it is about learning the way of the brush and ultimately mastering what Davey calls "lessons in living."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880656389
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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I recently finished reading the book, Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony, by H. E. Davey. The book is excellent. I am novice (hardly even that, actually) when it comes to Shodo (having only recently begun studying Shodo), but your book provides a very smooth introduction, and does a great job of getting across the relationship between it and the other Japanese cultural arts (chado [tea ceremony], budo [martial Ways], kado [flower arrangement], etc). It is written in a very positive way and contains many beautiful pieces of artwork. I very much enjoyed the 'four experiments toward a positive mind,' these are great examples of introspection. Though I am far from an expert in budo, I have spent many years training and researching this topic, yet several of the explanations, provided for terms such as fudoshin, hara, and ki shed new light on these concepts, beyond just their relationship to Shodo. Chapters three and four provide a very gentle introduction to the physical techniques while also providing an overview of the relationship between good posture and the proper state of mind. The importance of the coordination of mind, body, and spirit is presented in a way that should be easy for someone that is new to the Japanese cultural arts to grasp and understand. I am again impressed with Davey sensei's ability to communicate a complex subject in an interesting and informative way that maintains the readers interest, while still capturing the subtleties of the topic. From a beginner's perspective, this is an excellent reference, and I highly recommend it.