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Enso: Zen Circles of Enlightenment

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The ensō is one of the most prevalent images of Zen art, and it has become a kind of symbol of the clean and strong Japanese aesthetic. It has been subject to a rich variety of interpretations—seen as everything from a rice cake to a symbol of infinity. But regardless of how it is understood, the ensō is above all an expression of the mind of the artist who brushes it. It ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Weatherhill
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Heidi
Jul 24, 2008 Heidi rated it really liked it
The Buddhist name my Zen teacher gave me is Enji, which contains the same character as Enso, the word for this circle that symbolizes Zen for many, so of course I had to pick up this book. In the introduction we learn that early Indian culture is credited with the development of zero as we use it in mathematics.

Not only does the book share various historic versions of the Enso and explain this particular tradition in calligraphy, it is a window into a small section of the history of Zen itself.

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Lee
Nov 13, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superb collection of classic enso, old and relatively new, with some rather good text alongside.
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Jul 28, 2012 Aaron the Pink Donut rated it really liked it
Fantastic book with informative text.
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