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Throughout the East, writing is held to be a gift from

the gods, and the divinely inspired letters and characters are

objects of the highest veneration. The religious significance

of calligraphy has thus led to a unique development of the...

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Overview

Throughout the East, writing is held to be a gift from

the gods, and the divinely inspired letters and characters are

objects of the highest veneration. The religious significance

of calligraphy has thus led to a unique development of the art

of brush and ink in Japan, China, India, and Tibet. This beautifully

illustrated book covers such topics as the history and

spirit of Eastern calligraphy, the art of copying religious texts,

the biographies of important Zen calligraphers, and practical

instructions on materials and techniques for the contemporary

student. No knowledge of the languages discussed is required

for the reader to appreciate the study of this ancient practice.

John Stevens lived in Japan for thirty-five years, where

he was a professor of Buddhist studies at Tohoku Fukushi

University in Sendai. Stevens is a widely respected translator,

an ordained Buddhist priest, a curator of several major exhibitions

of Zen art, and an aikido instructor. He has authored

over thirty books and is one of the foremost Western experts

on Aikido, holding a ranking of 7th dan Aikikai. Stevens has

also studied calligraphy for decades, authoring this classic

Sacred Calligraphy of the East. Other John Stevens titles that are

likely to be of interest include The Philosophy of Aikido, Extraordinary

Zen Masters, and The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626549944
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,091,821
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

John Stevens lived in Japan for thirty-five years, where he was a professor of Buddhist studies at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai. Stevens is a widely respected translator, an ordained Buddhist priest, a curator of several major exhibitions of Zen art, and an aikido instructor. He has authored over thirty books and is one of the foremost Western experts on Aikido, holding a ranking of 7th dan Aikikai. Stevens has also studied calligraphy for decades, authoring this classic Sacred Calligraphy of the East. Other John Stevens titles that are likely to be of interest include The Philosophy of Aikido, Extraordinary Zen Masters, and The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Siddham: Script of Gods and Buddhas 1
History of Siddham 2
The Garland of Letters 15
The World of Buddha in a Single Letter 25
Siddham Manual 31
The Sacred Tibetan Letters 71
The Sacred Tibetan Letters 77
Tibetan Calligraphy Manual 81
Shakyo: Sutra Copying 97
One Word, One Buddha 113
Shakyo Manual 116
Zensho: Zen Calligraphy 133
Calligraphy Is the Person 143
Zen Calligraphers 151
Hanging Scrolls 173
Myogo: The Holy Name 176
Zen Calligraphy Manual 183
Epilogue 197
Where to Obtain the Necessary Equipment 199
Credits to the Illustrations 201
Select Bibliography 203
Index of Proper Names 205
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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    I've always been fascinated by calligraphy and this book documen

    I've always been fascinated by calligraphy and this book documents--from many vantage points--the intersection of calligraphy and spirituality.

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