In the ancient art tradition of China and Japan, calligraphy and painting were methods for integrating body and mind. They were performed as a way to unite yin and yang – Earth and Heaven – within one’s very being.
The Heart Sutra entered Japan in the 7th century CE as a treatise on enlightenment and a distillation of the doctrine of Emptiness. With its brevity and depth of meaning, the Heart Sutra is one of the most accessible interpretations of Buddha’s teachings. Here, this beloved wisdom source is captured in seal script, an ancient form of Chinese calligraphy that provides a remarkable study in the power and harmony of lines.
A new English translation, a transliteration of the original Zen chant, and a graphic presentation of the sutra provide multiple perspectives. An introduction explains the history and spiritual significance of the Heart Sutra and Asian calligraphy, making this the perfect book for gift-giving, study, and reflection.
– William Alexander, author of Still Waters and Cool Water“Nadja Van Ghelue tackles two unique and rarely detailed topics in her new book: Japanese calligraphy in the archaic seal script and the Heart Sutra, a Buddhist classic. The Heart Sutra in Calligraphy: A Visual Appreciation of the Perfection of Wisdom will appeal to readers interested in completing their collection of books on Buddhism and Japanese art.”
– H. E. Davey, author of The Japanese Way of the Artist and Director of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts
- Dimensions: 10.8 x 6.8
- Pages: 128