Zen Landscapes

Perspectives on Japanese Gardens and Ceramics

Author: Allen S. Weiss

Publisher: Reaktion Books


Category: Gardening

Page: 272

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The essential elements of a dry Japanese garden are few: rocks, gravel, moss. Simultaneously a sensual matrix, a symbolic form, and a memory theater, these gardens exhibit beautiful miniaturization and precise craftsmanship. But their apparent minimalism belies a true complexity. In Zen Landscapes, Allen S. Weiss takes readers on an exciting journey through these exquisite sites, explaining how Japanese gardens must be approached according to the play of scale, surroundings, and seasons, as well as in relation to other arts—revealing them as living landscapes rather than abstract designs. Weiss shows that these gardens are inspired by the Zen aesthetics of the tea ceremony, manifested in poetry, painting, calligraphy, architecture, cuisine, and ceramics. Japanese art favors suggestion and allusion, valuing the threshold between the distinct and the inchoate, between figuration and abstraction, and he argues that ceramics play a crucial role here, relating as much to the site-specificity of landscape as to the ritualized codes of the tea ceremony and the everyday gestures of the culinary table. With more than one hundred stunning color photographs, Zen Landscapes is the first in-depth study in the West to examine the correspondences between gardens and ceramics. A fascinating look at landscape art and its relation to the customs and craftsmanship of the Japanese arts, it will appeal to readers interested in landscape design and Japan’s art and culture.

Sesshu's Long Scroll

A Zen Landscape Journey

Author: Reiko Chiba

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing


Category: Art

Page: 39

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Sesshu's Long Sroll is the masterwork of the 15th-century Japanese artist, Susshu—considered by many Japanese to be their greatest. Famed not only as a painter but also as a Zen priest and a great traveler, Sesshu found inspiration for his wonderful landscapes both in China and Japan. This magnificent scroll, which pictures the procession of the seasons, is essentially religious painting with a strong atmosphere of Zen Buddhism. Nature, rather than man, is dominant, although the human touch is charmingly evident from time to time. One can take this fascinating Zen landscape journey again and again, and always find new delights.

Zen Culture

Author: Thomas Hoover

Publisher: Thomas Hoover


Category: Architecture


View: 562

Random House 1977Zen History,Haiku, Ceramics, Archery, Landscape Garden, Stone Garden, Ink Landscape Scroll, Zen Architecture, Sword, Katana, No Theater, Noh Theater, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Flower arranging, Ikebana, Zen Ceramic Art, Raku, Shino, Ryoanji-ji 'Highly recommended'The Center for Asian Studies'A connoisseur'NYC-FM'Hoover provides an excellent introduction

Zen Art for Meditation

Author: Stewart W. Holmes

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing


Category: Religion

Page: 116

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This book is about emptiness and silence—the mind-expanding emptiness of Zen painting, and the reverberating silence of haiku poetry. Through imaginative participation in the visions of painters and poets, its readers are led to the realization that, in the author's words, "emptiness, silence, is not nothingness, but fullness. Your fullness." This cultural tradition has informed many distinguished lives and works of art. The work of painters like Niten, Liang K'ai, and Toba, and of painters like Basho, Buson, and Issa reflects the wholeness, spontaneity, and humanity of the Zen vision. Those who desire a glimpse into the world of intuitive contact with nature offered by Zen meditation will find these paintings, commentaries, and haiku poems especially rewarding. They enable the reader to experience the unique power of Zen art—it's capacity to fuse esthetic appreciation, personal intuition, and knowledge of life into one creative event.

Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey

Author: Hans-Georg Moeller

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Philosophical reflections on journeys and crossings, homes and habitats, have appeared in all major East Asian and Western philosophies. Landscape and travelling first emerged as a key issue in ancient Chinese philosophy, quickly becoming a core concern of Daoism and Confucianism. Yet despite the eminence of such reflections, Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey is the first academic study to explore these philosophical themes in detail. Individual case studies from esteemed experts consider how philosophical thought about places and journeys have inspired and shaped major intellectual and cultural traditions; how such notions concretely manifested themselves in Chinese art, particularly in the genres of landscape painting and garden architecture. The studies present a philosophical dialogue between Confucianism and Daoism on issues of social space and belonging and include discussion on travel and landscape in Buddhism as well as Japanese and Tibetan contexts. Approaching the topic from an inter-cultural perspectives, particularly East Asian philosophies, and using these to enrich contemporary reflections on space, the environment, and traversing, this unique collection adds an important voice to present philosophical, political, and cultural discourses.

Beautiful Zen Gardens Coloring Book

Find Mindfulness, Calm And Relaxation When Coloring the Stress Away With These Beautiful Black and White Color Pages For All Ages. Designs Include Secret Garden Fairies Plants Flowers Asian Zen Landscapes and More

Author: Joanna H Peterson Publishing

Publisher: Independently Published



Page: 54

View: 138

BEAUTIFUL WORLD GARDENS COLORING BOOK - MAKES FOR A PERFECT GIFT FOR KIDS! This book was created for those who love to relax and color, while also appreciating some of the most beautiful garden designs and landscapes in the world today. Take a moment to slow things down and bring some relaxation and imagination into your daily life by coloring in our amazing assortment of zen gardens, plants, fairies, birds, secret gardens, decorations, and more. To make this peaceful and beautiful garden color book even better, it's not only loaded with a complete set of original coloring pages, its has two! After you finish the first set of 10 coloring pages, you will have an opportunity to make them look even better, or share them with a friend in the second set. On the back of each page you will also find a faint "beautiful gardens" message and design to keep the inspiration going as you make your way through each of the unique designs and pages in the book. Coloring Pages Include the Following Designs: Fairy Garden Asian Zen Garden Peaceful In Home Garden Plants and Vegetables Garden Tree and Swing Garden By Lake and more Details of the Coloring Book: SIZE: 8.5x11 PAPER: Black and White Coloring Pages FEATURES: Two Sets of 10 Coloring Pages PAGES: 54 Pages COVER: Soft Cover (Matte) Order your copy today!

Art Of Japanese Gardens

Author: Kuck

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Social Science

Page: 390

View: 540

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Art from the Sacred to the Profane

East and West

Author: Frithjof Schuon

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc


Category: Art

Page: 143

View: 656

This edition of renowned philosopher Frithjof Schuon's writings on the subject of art, selected and edited by his wife Catherine Schuon, contains over 270 photographs 200 color and 70 black and white. He then deals with the spiritual significance of the artistic productions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Far-Eastern world, while also covering the subjects of beauty and the sense of the sacred, the crafts, poetry, music, and dance, and dress and ambience.