Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Welcomes World Renowned Zen Master
Shodo Harada to Illustrate the Traditional Art of Calligraphy
Delray Beach, Fla.) – Take a stroke on the elegant side as the Morikami invites the community to learn the beautiful and harmonic written art form of calligraphy. Zen Master Shodo Harada will demonstrate the traditional art of Zen calligraphy and explain the meaning behind each stroke at a one-hour demonstration Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. in the Morikami’s Seishin-an Tea House.
Shodo Harada Roshi (Roshi meaning “Master”) was born in 1940 and is heir to the teachings of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. With just a brush and ink, the traditional tools of calligraphy, Harada Roshi will demonstrate by writing Zen sayings and explain their meanings. Harada Roshi began his Zen training in 1962 when he entered Shofuku-ji monastery in Kobe, Japan, and trained under Yamada Mumon Roshi (1900-1988) for 20 years. Harada Roshi has trained students from all over the world at Sogen-ji monastery in Okayama Japan, where he was made abbot in 1982.
Harada Roshi is the author of two books published in English on Zen training, Morning Dewdrops of the Mind, and The Path to Bodhidharma. Additionally, one of his scrolls is in the Morikami Museum's Zenmi- A Taste of Zen Masters exhibit (Oct. 18, 2011 - Jan. 22, 2012) along with numerous examples of his master Yamada Mumon. Harada Roshi's original calligraphy works and Moon by the Window: the Calligraphy and Zen Insights of Shodo Harada will be on sale at the demonstration.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to host world renowned Harada Roshi and his master-level professional instruction of Japanese calligraphy,” said Reiko Nishioka, Morikami’s Director of Education. “This unique program will be the first of its kind to be offered in South Florida.”
Cost of participation is $20 and advance registration is required; please visit www.morikami.org