Zen Calligraphy: The Creativity of Non-doing
With Alok Hsu Kwang-han
Oct. 7 & 8, 2017, Sedona Arts Center
This workshop is for artists and non-artists, anyone drawn to the adventure of being intimate with the unknown, from which the intelligence, good humor and creativity outside the boundaries of what we know, find us.
Being playful with not-knowing and putting aside all ideas on how to paint, you might be asked to paint the “energy” of music, a Rumi poem, a partner acting like a wild animal, the sound of silence, the Lord of Chaos, your heart’s desire…. While your brush dances from emptiness, you watch, amazed, exuberant and grateful.
During the workshop you will learn to hold your new brushes as friends and move with them in harmony. Through simple and effective energy and meditation exercises you will more and more return to the natural state of “resting in presence and moving from emptiness”. Throughout the two days, we will share our paintings in gentle and humorous ways, thereby become more relaxed and available to existence.
Alok Hsu Kwang-han is a highly original and internationally acclaimed Zen calligraphic painter from China. After obtained academic degrees from American universities in mathematics, Christian theology, sociology and psychology of religion, Alok journeyed 20 times to India to explore the integration of Eastern spiritual practices, western psychotherapy and his new manifestation of Zen calligraphy. He translated and published 20 books on meditation in China. He has exhibited at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the National Ethnographic Museum in Sweden, the Great Hall of Exhibition in Shanghai, Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona, AZ and other venues. He teaches workshops at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, 1440 Multiversity in Santa Cruz, CA, and at the Sedona Arts Center. To view the feature documentary on Alok and his work, please visit www.zendudemovie.com .