Calligraphic Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 11:22pm
Calligraphic Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh

The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it's a practice of meditation.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates his calligraphy: "Be Beautiful Be Yourself"

“In my calligraphy, there is ink, tea, breathing, mindfulness, and concentration. Writing calligraphy is a practice of meditation. I write the words or sentences that can remind people about the practice. For instance, breathe and enjoy the kingdom of God in the here and the now or breathe and enjoy this wonderful moment. I think the word ‘wonderful’ means full of wonders. If you are truly there in the moment, you can recognize so many wonders in that moment. The Kingdom of God, the Buddha land is there. So breathe in, bring your mind back to your body and you can touch many wonders in this moment.”


Thich Nhat Hanh's wish of exhibiting his calligraphies in the United States before he dies is no longer a dream.

The exhibition "Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh" showcases 88 of the Zen master's meditative insights that "distill ancient Buddhist teachings into phrases that resonate with our modern times." The U.S. premiere of the Zen master's calligraphic work debuted in September and runs through December 31, 2013.

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