A Brush with Emptiness: Zen Creativity and the Art of Life



This is the workshop Alok gives on his 80th birthday! He welcomes you!

Master calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han will guide and inspire you to rest in the spaciousness of your being, to be comfortable and intimate with not knowing, and to allow your brush to dance from emptiness. It will become obvious to you this is a healing journey as well as a creativity workshop!

You will come to hold your brushes as friends and move with them in harmony. Being playful with not-knowing, we become available to the intelligence, creativity, and good humor outside the boundaries of what we know. As we rest in presence and put aside all schemes of ‘how’ to do it, a readiness arises and we allow creative action to come forth from ’emptiness’ the space of full intelligence prior to thought.

You may be asked to paint your heart’s longing, the sound of silence, the Zen Koan, ‘My house burnt down, I can see the moon!’ or Rumi’s poem, ‘God has only four words: come dance with me!’ As your brush dances from emptiness, you realize the same dance may be dancing you.

Successive paintings later, you begin to gain a confidence in the methodless-method of ‘creating through non-doing.’ With gratefulness you come to realize ‘I am the art!’ And the Little Me that has taken up so much space in your life is not necessary.

No previous experience with Zen or painting is needed. Better to come with ‘beginner’s mind.’ Art supplies are provided, including a set of calligraphy brushes that you keep. Required viewing:’Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude’


TUITION: $375 (includes a set of materials for each student)

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Alok Hsu Kwang-han

Alok Hsu Kwang-han

Alok Hsu Kwang-han is an internationally acclaimed and highly original Zen calligraphic painter from China. His creations are a striking synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity and simplicity of Zen, and the evolution of Western Psychotherapy. He has taught “Zen as Art” at Konstfack, the largest art college in Sweden, The Seattle Art Museum, the Humaniversity in Holland, the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, 1440 Multiversity in Santa Cruz, CA, and at the Sedona Arts Center. His website: www.zencalligraphy.com