Hanja for Cimi: Calligraphy variations and Zen

We have covered most of the radicals from “My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy”.  Here are the ones we haven’t covered yet: field 田, heart 心, enclosure 囗 (very similar to mouth 口), foot 足, insect 虫, grass 艹, hand 扌.  What would you like to study next?

Differences in how Chinese letters appear

Chinese_standard_variantsVariant Chinese characters exist across all regions.  Korea uses the Kangxi form from the Chinese dictionary in the 18th and 19th centuries.

From right to left: Kangxi Dictionary forms, Mainland China standard, Hong Kong standard, Taiwan standard, Japanese standard. Areas in the rightmost column where there are significant differences among different standards are highlighted in yellow.

This helps explain some of the differences I have noticed.  For example, look at water in the seventh row. Sometimes it looks like three drops of water, sometimes like two drops and a stick (氵).

The Zen Mountain Monastery where the Sumi-E class will be held is in Mount Tremper, New York.  I took a scenic drive to through the Catskills, just past Woodstock, to visit the monastery, and joined them for a meditation sitting.

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I have been carrying around my Magic Water cloth and brush to practice.  Chinese calligraphy as meditation.

Then I saw a Budda Board.  Similar concept.  BuddhaBoard

Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You simply paint on the surface with water. Then as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece.

 

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