And what a wonderful book.
The calligraphies are simply superb, it is definitely a book to take ones time over, being a paperback does not hinder the display as the book is quite wide.
The explanations of calligraphies, really help and to me are essential, to bring the ink to life.
these explanations are why I chose to seek the wisdom of Zen Buddhism, not only do they point to the way; the realization of being;they also show instantly where I am right now in my journey, and inspire me to continue my practice.
Particularly pertinent for me right now is Harada Roshi's comment
' In life we have dreams, we have hopes, we have ideals. But what does it mean to have a dream? Everything in this world is in flux. No matter how real we may think things are everything passes. We all think our life is special, but no matter how happy we are or how much we achieve we all die......We chase dreams , but we forget to realize ourselves. We have to see the reality and value of who is alive right here and now.When we awaken to the splendid value of each person, we no longer need to depend on dreams and hopes and ideals. Instead, we can depend on our own life right at our own feet'
It is a beautiful commentary, right now my mum gets weaker by the day I sit and be with her watch her slowly die. 20 odd years ago a friend I sat with was dying I asked Ikko Roshi to do a calligraphy for him, it was a beautiful calligraphy 'All the love in the world' Within a few weeks, I was sitting on my friends bed holding his hand as he died.
A book like this and teachers like Harada Roshi, not only can point the way, they can touch the heart with a simple stroke of a brush,that my friends is true Zen.