Zen Creativity: A Brush with Emptiness

Alok
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Alok
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ZEN CREATIVITY: A BRUSH WITH EMPTINESS with Alok Hsu Kwang-han

Oct. 3-4, 2020

This is a fun workshop. We explore Zen creativity by being “present, available, playful and not knowing”. All the while, we honor and make friends with a set of 3 brushes Alok designed and had made in the best traditional brush factory in China, 250 g. of very good Yidege liquid ink, plenty of “raw” Xuan paper, and a piece of 100% black wool felt Alok had imported from India to lay beneath each painting essential for reflecting the subtle or bold ink/water patterns back into the absorbent paper. You get to keep all these ‘friends’ with you beyond the conclusion of this workshop on Zen Creativity

Whether you are a beginner, a return student, or an accomplished artist, in this workshop you will have many fresh opportunities to let go of the past– what you already know, the accomplished level you are caught in and perhaps bored with, or the fear whether you can “do” it. And to welcome in each Zen moment, an intelligence prior to thought with all its schemes and maneuvers. Alok will inspire, surprise, and guide you to be rooted and move from your energy body, to rest in the spaciousness of your being, to become comfortable and intimate with the power of not-knowing, and to allow your brush—or you—to dance from emptiness.

Alok may ask you to paint the energy of music, a Rumi poem, the sound of silence, your heart’s desire, or when Master Zhaozhou was asked, “When great calamity arrives, how shall we respond?” he said, “Welcome!” No prior experience with painting or Zen is necessary. We paint with the joyful “discipline” of being “present, available, playful and not-knowing.” Something is transformed in us, at the same time manifested through our brush. At some point during the workshop you will come to realize, “Oh, I am the art!”

Prerequisite: To have viewed the trailer and the 69 minute documentary, “Moving from Emptiness: the Life and Art of a Zen Dude.” This film is the best introduction to Alok’s work. Available by online streaming or as a DVD at the filmmakers’ website: www.zendudemovie.com or Alok’s website: www.zencalligraphy.com.

Workshop: From 9 am to 5 pm both days. Arrive 15 minutes early. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing in layers. Bring yourself in all your glory—however you happen to be! And bring a lunch so we can keep our energies together.                                                                                                                                  

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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 a Zen calligraphic painter from China whose work is a startling synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity and simplicity of Zen, and the evolution of healing in Western psychotherapy. An artist with a diverse background, Alok has earned academic degrees from American universities in mathematics, Christian theology, sociology and the psychology of religion. He has taught sociology of religion and psychology of transcendence, and in China translated and published 20 books on meditation.

In his workshops, he teaches “Zen as art and art as Zen.” He has also brought what he calls “the creativity of non-doing” into trainings for international organizations and  business leaders.

Alok has exhibited in galleries worldwide. Beginning in 2001, his painting, Just This! Just This! was the entrance piece to the exhibition “Harmonizing with the Infinite” at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. He has had solo exhibitions at the National Ethnographic Museum in Sweden; the Great Hall of Exhibition in Shanghai; the Water Harp Temple and Garden in Pune, India; Kim 3 in Santa Barbara, California; the Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona, Arizona, and other venues.

 

Alok is well known for his singular work of painting calligraphic portraits in transformational sessions for individuals, couples, families, and organizations. He is the subject of the award winning 69-minute documentary, “Moving from Emptiness: the Life and Art of a Zen Dude.”

Since turning 77 in Oct., 2015, Alok is focusing his energies on teaching in-depth one-on-one tutorial/retreats for a select number of sincere artists at his home studio in Sedona, Arizona. He continues to offer an annual workshop at the Sedona Arts Center.

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