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A Brush With Emptiness

Zen Creativity and the Art of Life

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Open your eyes to Zen as art and art as Zen. Master calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han will show you the way to rest in the spaciousness of your being, be intimate with the potential in “not-knowing,” and allow your brush to dance along the canvas from emptiness to create beautiful calligraphic images.

Each morning begins with an hour-long meditation combining movement with stillness. You will begin to savor resting in presence and moving from emptiness, Alok’s “method-less method” of Zen creativity, integral to our own healing and awakening.

In a simple energy ceremony, Alok will present to you three brushes he designed. You will learn to hold them as friends and move with them in harmony. As you become available to tap into your intelligence, creativity, and good humor, you may be asked to paint your heart’s desire, the sound of silence, or a Zen koan.

You will paint with the mindset of being present, available, and playful and learn together by sharing your paintings. You will come to realize you are the art, and the “Little Me” that has taken up so much energy and space is no longer necessary.

No previous experience with Zen or painting is necessary. Beginner’s mind is required!

 

Alok Hsu Kwang-han

December 17 - 22, 2017
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

$635 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Open your eyes to Zen as art and art as Zen. Master calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han will show you the way to rest in the spaciousness of your being, be intimate with the potential in “not-knowing,” and allow your brush to dance along the canvas from emptiness to create beautiful calligraphic images.

Each morning begins with an hour-long meditation combining movement with stillness. You will begin to savor resting in presence and moving from emptiness, Alok’s “method-less method” of Zen creativity, integral to our own healing and awakening.

In a simple energy ceremony, Alok will present to you three brushes he designed. You will learn to hold them as friends and move with them in harmony. As you become available to tap into your intelligence, creativity, and good humor, you may be asked to paint your heart’s desire, the sound of silence, or a Zen koan.

You will paint with the mindset of being present, available, and playful and learn together by sharing your paintings. You will come to realize you are the art, and the “Little Me” that has taken up so much energy and space is no longer necessary.

No previous experience with Zen or painting is necessary. Beginner’s mind is required!

 

Faculty Bio

Alok Hsu Kwang-han

Alok Hsu Kwang-han is a Zen calligraphic painter from China whose work is a confluence of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity and depth of Zen, and the evolution of healing in Western psychotherapy. An artist with a diverse background, he came to America in 1950 as an 11-year-old refugee from the civil war in China.

He earned academic degrees in mathematics, Christian theology, sociology, and psychology of religion. He has taught sociology of religion and psychology of transcendence, and, in China, has translated and published 20 books on meditation. He has made 20 journeys to India to explore and incorporate the sources of Eastern spiritual practices into his art.

Alok has exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Swedish National Museum of Ethnography, the Great Hall of Exhibition in Shanghai, and the Water Harp Temple and Garden in Pune, India. At his home studio in Sedona, Arizona, he teaches individual immersion tutorial retreats for experienced artists. He is the subject of the feature documentary Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude.

Why Attend

  • Study Zen and calligraphy with a master teacher who has exhibited his art internationally.

     

  • Ignite your creativity and shift your attitude to a curious, playful beginner’s mindset in your art and throughout your life.

  • Understand the basics of Zen teaching through the eyes of an artist and the practice of creativity.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    View the documentary Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude, which you can buy or rent online at http://zendudemovie.com.

  • Things to Bring

    Art supplies are provided, including a set of calligraphy brushes that you keep

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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