The Artless Arts of Zen
with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
February 12, 2022
An aesthetic thread runs through all the Zen arts, from the gentle art of flower arranging to the warrior arts of the bow or sword. Art historian, Shinichi Hisamatsu, in his classic work Zen and the Fine Arts, was the first to write formally of seven primary characteristics of the Zen aesthetic: no rule, no complexity, no rank, no mind, no bottom, no hindrance, no stirring.
In this evening program we’ll take a visual tour of the qualities of the Zen aesthetic and their ability to unlock our powers of direct perception. We’ll contemplate images to see how Zen masters applied their insight—to painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and poetry—to inspire, awaken and delight those who choose to look. To paraphrase Alan Watts, Zen Art is the “art of artlessness, the art of controlled accident.”
We strive to keep our retreat prices low and offer these programs by donation. Program price for this retreat is $30, please pay what you can. It’s important that the dharma is available to everyone. Thank you for your continued support.
You must be fully vaccinated and masked to participate in this event.
Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received the priestly transmission (the transmission of the Precepts) from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She serves as the Training Director for the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC-Fire Lotus Temple . Hojin Sensei began her artistic career early and has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, opening people up to the wonders and mysteries of the creative process and continues to offer Art Practices as part of her teaching. She has been in full-time residential training at the Monastery since 1990 and now shares her time at the Brooklyn temple.
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