Calligraphy is the art of elegant and expressive writing, where each stroke and curve becomes a dance of ink on paper. It weaves words into visual poetry, merging form and meaning with precision and grace. Through skilled manipulation of various writing tools, calligraphy transforms language into a captivating symphony of aesthetic beauty, carrying the essence of cultures and emotions across time.
Coming Back soon!
Jikoji Zen Center,
12100 Skyline Blvd,
Los Gatos, CA 95033
Weekend Workshop, Friday Sept 15 to Sunday September 17th
An evening and a day to plunge into using the Chinese brush to explore some basic terms in ideographic form.
Writing with this type of brush is a three-dimensional dance–unlike using a pencil or pen. When familiar with the form, the writing of an ideograph becomes a meditative dance.
The meaning of the word can deepen in non-rational ways bringing a shift of focus from outer form to inner feeling, expression beyond the word.
The illustration is a creative calligraphic form of 'Oak'
Attendance will be limited to eight online participants, and eight in person participants, to ensure the flow and intimacy of the workshop. Online participants will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event. Please use the registration button below to register on the Jikoji website to attend the Calligraphy Workshop and for overnight accommodations. Overnight fees are $100 per night, camping is $60 per night, and day attendance is $40 per day.
Meals are provided.
Here's our full schedule, subject to minor changes. All times are PST.
Dinner at 6pm
7:00 pm to 9 pm PST
9:30 am to noon PST
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm PST
Sunday Program 10 am to 2pm
Gerow Reece first sat with Yamada Reirin Roshi and the young monk, Maezumi Sensei, in the old brick Zenshuji in Los Angeles in the early 60s. He then practiced with Robert and Ann Aitken at Kokoan in their home in Honolulu. Later, while studying in Kyoto, Japan, he sat at Antaiji with Uchiyama Roshi and later with Morinaga Roshi at Daishu-in and Kobori Nanrei at Ryoko-in, never settling on a teacher --until the arrival of his son. Gerow serves ceremonial tea and occasionally teaches calligraphy at Jikoji.
Items may be purchased from a Chinese shop such as Soyodo, Sunnyvale.