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.
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John Stevens is Professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan. He is the author or translator of over twenty books on Buddhism, Zen, Aikido, and Asian culture. He has practiced and taught Aikido all over the world.Review:
"This is a book which one must read brush in hand, for—as in all religions—it is only through participation that the divine becomes apparent. This excellent book is therefore, in this double sense, an experience. It explicates the Word—and returns it to its original personal and sacred nature." — The Japan Times
"A stimulating and attractive work bound to encourage the non-specialist interested in widening an appreciation and possibly an actual practice of sacred calligraphy."— Choice
"A sumptuous collection of 'divinely inspired' letters and characters." —Parabola
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Book Description Shambhala Publications, Boulder, CO, 1981. Light card. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. xii & 206 pages including 231 black and white illustrations; bound in illustrated and patterned cream light card lettered in brown. A very clean and sound copy - read once, I should think. Size: 8½" x 11" (220mm x 280mm). Bookseller Inventory # 019531
Book Description Shambhala Publications Inc, 1981. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0877731985
Book Description Shambhala Publications Inc, 1981. Book Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. Bookseller Inventory # 3364219