Sacred Calligraphy of the East

Sacred Calligraphy of the East

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by John Stevens
     
 

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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 art

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

illustrated book covers such topics as the

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626549944
Publisher:
Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Pages:
218
Sales rank:
1,026,728
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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Sacred Calligraphy of the East 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Big_Reader18 More than 1 year ago
I've always been fascinated by calligraphy and this book documents--from many vantage points--the intersection of calligraphy and spirituality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Indispensable Guide & Reference  Sacred Calligraphy of the East is an extremely comprehensive book, especially within this price range. John Stevens, renowned translator, Buddhist priest, curator of Zen exhibitions, and master of Akido, takes the reader on a tour of the history and spirit of Eastern Calligraphy. Stevens employs photos and diagrams to convey the theory, meaning, and artisanship of this mode of writing. However, this is more than a historical account or even a catalogue of examples—Stevens supplements the development and meaning of calligraphy with helpful practice exercises, so you too can involve yourself in this divine practice.  My one reservation is that the topic of pronunciation gets little attention, but I suppose that could be another book entirely. All in all, this is an extremely thorough volume that examines the creation and significance of each letter with great care.  Ideal for seasoned students of calligraphy in addition to the mildly curious (no prior knowledge of the language is necessary).