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Calligraphic Meditation - the Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh
exhibition in Vancouver BCJul 20, 2011
Calligraphy Exhibitions of Master Thich Nhat Hanh 2010/2012-information for press release
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A unique joint venture between Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery and the European Institute of Applied Buddhism will present the work of the well-known Vietnamese Zen Master, the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, at the Asian Centre Auditorium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, from August 6th to 11th. Entitled
Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh, the exhibition is designed to be not only a collection of superbly executed calligraphic expressions as a work of art, but also a living meditative experience in itself for all those who attend, whether experienced meditators or not. The central theme is the Art of Mindfulness which
visitors will be invited to explore through reflecting first on the exquisite artwork and then on the selected excerpts from the Zen Master’s writing as an inspiration to practise the art of mindful living themselves, be it through doing beautiful scripts/handwriting,
handicraft, or simply just “being”.
Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh has led a remarkable life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926, he joined the monkhood at the age of 16. He has since dedicated his life to the work of inner transformation, for the benefit of individuals and society at large. Exiled from Vietnam, he founded Plum Village in France, from where he continues his work to alleviate the suffering of refugees, boat people, political prisoners and hungry families in Vietnam and throughout the world and leads retreats, worldwide, on “the art of mindful living”. He has published some 85 titles of accessible poems, prose and meditations, including the best selling Call Me by My True Names, Peace Is Every Step, Living
Buddha Living Christ, Teachings on Love, and Anger. Dwelling in the present moment is, according to Nhat Hanh, the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.
This exhibition makes a significant but different contribution to the large body of literature by and about Thich Nhat Hanh, It is the first occasion to present him as an artist in North America, through the gift of his calligraphies along with a selection of his writings. The
exhibition will include the series of calligraphies displayed earlier in Hong Kong and Taiwan along with 13 new pieces of work created specially by Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the Vancouver audiences.
In the exhibition, rice paper, brush and ink will be provided to support visitors to engage in their own personal journeys of calligraphic meditation.
Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh, 6-11 August 2011; venue: Asian Centre Auditorium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm (from 6 – 11 August)
Inauguration- August 9th at 9:30-12.
Extension hours: 7.30am–7.30pm (from 9 - 11 August, to be confirmed)
To read a message from Thay Phap An about the exhibit, click here.
To have a visual experience of previous exhibits, click here.
*About the Curator and the Editor
Dr Eva Yuen has had an eclectic life journey: at different
times she has been a practicing artist and international
exhibitor, an artist-in-residence in Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, and Singapore, an active contributor to
non-governmental organization projects, and, for more
than 15 years, a teacher of Art and Design and specialist
in phenomenography research on creativity in the School
of Design in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
In 2006 she began practicing Buddhism, and this
journey eventually led her to Thich Nhat Hanh. In
2008 she attended a Plum Village Retreat in Hong Kong
under the guidance of Thay Phap An and in June, 2010
she met Thich Nhat Hanh in the European Institute of
Applied Buddhism in Germany and learned the Five
Percepts from him. She described her experience of
meeting the Zen master as being like an encounter
with the holy being; what she perceived in him at that
moment was his awakened self, his Buddha nature, and
what he reflected back to her was her own capacity of
being awake. The mounting of the exhibition and the
editing of the book has been a labor of Love for Eva
and a chance to give service to society by sharing her
beloved teacher’s calligraphy and wisdom.