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    Tashi Mannox

    Enso Creation Workshop

    Sangyé Yoga School - London

    Date: 13 March 2022

    Join Dharma-artist Tashi Mannox to explore a meditative approach to creativity.

    Creating an ensō is an exercise of meditation. As a chosen practice for this workshop –  the straightforward simplicity of an ensō is beyond any need to learn the complexities of a foreign language such as Japanese or Tibetan.

    The traditional art of creating a circular ensō ink painting, for a Japanese Zen practitioner, is as much about present awareness of application, as it is less concerned with the end result of the artwork. It is the act itself –  a meditative ceremony of mindful integrity.

    Creating an ensō is an exercise of meditation. As a chosen practice for this workshop,  the straightforward simplicity of an ensō is beyond any need to learn the complexities of a foreign language such as Japanese or Tibetan.

    The application of an ensō is a pure and simple one stroke mark which illustrates nowness – in the naked state of mind with nowhere to hide. As once the brush strikes the paper there is no turning back, one is committed to follow through, with the quality of ones mind evident within the circular recording.

    Learn with Tashi to wield the ink loaded brush with an uninhibited and relaxed, open yet disciplined, state of mind. With a free meditative attitude of non-expectation, without concerns of producing an impressive looking ensō,  without anticipation and fear in the lack of ones abilities. Perfection is considered in the imperfection. It is what it is – without judgment, a perfect representation of that pure moment of immersed, creative focus.

    Participants will be provided with the use of a brush, ink and paper. The last ensō created can be taken home.

    Photograph by Mart Hijmans, LiveBeyond ensō workshop, Novanta 90, Tuscany.

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