Chinese Zen Tao Art

Zen is a Chinese Zen Buddhist Dharma, essential school. With Zen methods and practice a high degree of unity between man and nature can be reached. By learning Zen you can eliminate troubles by using it to predict the reasonably foreseeable future. Ones conscious mind can go travel the Universe (humans do not understand about other worlds)
To accomplish Chinese Zen calligraphy and ink painting the artist must enter the Zen state by meditating first. The painting is an experience and expression of Zen and it’s effect on people makes them appreciate the work, it makes people’s mind clear, makes them feel good, simple, and even may give rise to self-reflection to rethink life skills approach and attitude.
I will use my life to pursue the art of Zen ideals, with my practice to bring you joy and pleasure. Let everyone experience the fun of the wonderful art of Zen. I aspire to move forward and influence the prosperity and development of Chinese Zen painting and provide for the opportunity for all countries to learn and appreciate this ancient art.

 Gu Yixiong wishes everyone.

Liang Kai Zen art
Liang Kai Zen art

Case : Joshu Washes the Bowl

A monk asked Zhaozhou to teach him. Zhaozhou asked, “Have you eaten your meal?”The monk replied, “Yes, I have.””Then go wash your bowl”, said Zhaozhou. At that moment, the monk was enlightened. This kōan is beloved of students, perhaps because it seems to negate the need to understand obscure doctrines. Wu-Men comments in verse “Because it’s so clear / it takes long to realize”, and straightforward it may seem, but this kōan is an idiom and the student is assumed to be aware of its cultural context. If one does not know this context, the kōan cannot be understood from the traditional reference point. The meal of consideration is a traditional meal of rice. It was customary for monks to maintain samadhi (the practice which produces complete meditation) while eating this meal, and so Zhaozhou is not asking whether the monk has eaten: he asks instead whether the monk was able to remain in samadhi throughout the meal. The monk affirms, and then realizes he has already received the teaching. This kōan is one of the 12 Gates taught in the Kwan Um School of Zen. The first principle of Zen is that there is no Zen. The monk was enlightened before he asked.


Case : Not The Wind, Not The Flag – Koan

Two monks were watching a flag flapping in the wind. One said to the other, “The flag is moving.” The other replied, “The wind is moving.” Huineng overheard this. He said, “Not the flag, not the wind; mind is moving.” Of the two monks, Wumen says they were trying to buy iron ; Huineng, out of compassion, gave them gold instead. This kōan demonstrates the realization that in naming an object one may cloud one’s understanding of the true nature of mind by falling into externalization and believing that the true nature of the flag, the wind, and the mind are different. Hui Neng always taught the One Vehicle Buddhism of One Mind which teaches that wisdom (Sanskrit: prajna) comes from the Essence of Mind and not from an exterior source.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

World Zen Art Center is a non-profit organization registered in New York State with the purpose of studying Zen Tao art. Our ambition is to develop international Zen Tao art and maintain its continued prosperity.

%d bloggers like this: