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Ensō – The Zen Symbol

An ensō is a circle created with a single brushstroke and a single breath. It is typically made with black ink on white paper using a brush. The ensō is deeply connected to the practice of Zen and is commonly known as "The Zen Circle." Its meaning revolves around a fundamental aspect of Zen Buddhism, the concept of "no-mind."

Painting the ensō is an excellent starting point for both brush painting and meditation. It serves as a focal point for cultivating mindfulness and concentration. The simplicity of this practice allows beginners to explore the art of brushwork while simultaneously engaging in a meditative experience.


Zen Arts Studio focuses on various Zen arts such as haiku, sumi-e painting, haiga, ikebana, tai chi qigong, and wabi-sabi. These art forms have been influenced by the philosophy of Zen, which emphasizes calmness, simplicity, and personal growth. Originally developed by Japanese Buddhist monks, Zen transformed these arts into spiritual disciplines.

The practice involves quieting the mind through meditation, allowing practitioners to reach a state known as "no-mind." In this state, the mind is free from the limitations of the present situation, enabling artists to tap into their intuition and subconscious while creating.

By achieving a quiet mind, we can all experience a unity of mind and body, as well as a connection to all living things. This state promotes a sense of well-being by reducing stress hormones, altering brainwave patterns, and even changing our blood chemistry. You may have experienced a Zen moment before, even if it was just for a few seconds, when you were captivated by a beautiful sunset or encountered something extraordinary. In those moments, time seemed to stand still, and you felt both still and aware.

When creating art with a Zen mindset, we enter a flow state of mind similar to meditation or awe. The mind remains focused on the present moment, allowing for insights into the nature of reality and consciousness. In Zen arts, the process of creation is considered more important than the final product because it is through the process that we enter the flow state.


An important aspect of Zen aesthetics is Wabi-sabi, which is deeply connected to a love for nature. Wabi-sabi embraces impermanence, asymmetry, imperfection, and naturalness. This aesthetic is reflected in minimalist and unpretentious Wabi-sabi art.

This brief explanation provides an overview of Zen arts. In the future, my blog will delve into the concepts of Zen arts in more detail. If you're interested in learning more, the research section of this website may be useful to you.  There are also some relevant posts on the Blog page.




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