Calligraphy as Expression of Buddhism: Lecture with Calligraphy Demonstration

Kazuaki Tanahashi, Calligrapher

A joint program of HCBSS and Stanford Continuing Studies . TT & WF Chao Lectures on Buddhist Art 2010-11
Free and open to the public.

Prominent Japanese calligrapher Kazuaki Tanahashi discusses the history, aesthetics, techniques, and practices of East Asian calligraphy through the exploration of a single ideograph in a variety of forms. The character 無 (read wu in Chinese, mu in Japanese), meaning "no," "not," "beyond," frequently appears in the Heart Sutra, the most widely recited text in Mahayana Buddhism. Using the new Tanahashi-Halifax translation of the sutra, Mr. Tanahashi will explain the meanings of this word in different contexts and then discuss how this character came to represent a central teaching in Zen and how it has been rendered in brushwork.

The lecture will be accompanied by demonstrations of calligraphy.


Saturday, January 08, 2011 | 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford