We go through our lives making our marks in so many ways. Here, with brush and ink, how we manifest in the world can be seen directly. We appreciate our minds - and our lives - when we make a true stroke of the moment.
In taking up creative expression as an aspect of our Buddhist practice, what is in the mind—and which may be hidden from our awareness—suddenly becomes manifest. In brush painting, we see it on the sheet before our eyes. This both reveals the subtle aspects of mind and gives us a tangible way to practice leaping forth. In this way, it provides a wonderful complement to traditional meditation practice and helps us to embody some of these more subtle aspects of spiritual practice in creative activity.
In this retreat with celebrated brush painter, illustrator and author, Barbara Bash, we will work with small and large brushes, landing on the page of our life again and again. Guided by the ancient principles of heaven, earth and human we sense how to begin, how to follow through, and how to complete the joining of image and word. The animal forms of Chinese pictograms will be our springboard. In the end, words appear on the page in a relaxed three line haiku form, connecting the unique and personal hand with the voice of the moment.