The Art of Calligraphy

The Art of Calligraphy

Chögyam Trungpa (Out-of-Print)

During the twenty-year period of his remarkable proclamation of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings in the West, calligraphy was a primary means of expression for Chögyam Trungpa. This book showcases sixty-one of his brushworks-poems, seed syllables, and phrases as well as abstracts. Facing them are short, pertinent quotations from his prose and poetry.

An essay entitled “Heaven, Earth, and Man,” based on one of Trungpa’s “dharma art” workshops, is also included. Here he emphasizes what he called “art in everyday life”: the cool, peaceful expression of unconditional beauty that offers us the possibility of being able to relax enough to perceive the phenomenal world and our own senses properly. He goes on to show how the dynamic of heaven, earth, and man (the ancient Oriental hierarchy of the cosmos) is basic to any artistic endeavor-whether painting, building a city, or designing an airplane-as well as to perceiving the art that surrounds us. He also introduces the idea that “the discipine of art-making”- the meditative relationship space along with the artist’s point of view-can be used to organize and create a decent society.

 
 

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