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Zen Calligraphy Scroll Of Mushin, No Mind, No Thought
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Zen Calligraphy Scroll Of Mushin, No Mind, No Thought Painting

Nadja Van Ghelue

Painting, Ink on Paper

Size: 31.6 W x 75 H x 0.1 D in

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This Zen calligraphy scroll shows a straightforward semi-cursive calligraphy of Mushin (Jap.), or Wuxin (Chin.) translated as No-thought, No-mind, or as Freedom from Thought. Mushin is the core principle of Zen practice and Chinese/Japanese martial arts. The calligraphy shows the two kanji 無 MU, - no 心 SHIN, - heart, mind What does Mushin, No-thought, mean? As I understand it, it is living with a straightforward mind, in all activities, sitting, standing or walking, cultivating one’s mind, not clinging to anything, thought after thought, acting in accordance with one’s Buddha nature, moving freely and spontaneously. The Mu-shin calligraphy is mounted on a silver color, matte silk scroll and has a natural wooden roller at the bottom. The scroll has some minor spots on the silk mounting, but its presence is clear and quiet. Size of the scroll in cm: 191 x 80,5 x 0,2 cm. The wooden roller adds 5 cm or 1.96 inches on each side.

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Painting:Ink on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:31.6 W x 75 H x 0.1 D in

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My artwork comprises Zen calligraphy, watercolor and ink paintings, and abstract calligraphies. My mediums are ink, watercolors and natural pigments on rice paper, mainly Xuan paper. I wield the Chinese and Japanese brush, preferably the flexible sheep's hair brush. Many of my Zen calligraphies express the Emptiness teaching from the Heart Sutra, which has been the original inspiration for my Japanese calligraphy artwork. Other calligraphies focus on the teachings of the Diamond Sutra, Platform Sutra, or depict Zen koan, Zen poetry or single kanji. In my watercolors and ink paintings I strive for a pictorial synthesis of the subject, in the spirit of Japanese ink painting, using bold washes and vivid brush strokes.

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