Fukushima Keido Roshi: Mu

Fukushima Keido Roshi,
Ink on Paper, 13.5″ x 53″

“The Zen Master Fukushima almost always writes his calligraphy in running-cursive script, tending toward fully cursive. That means that the strokes in his characters are simplified and joined together, so that the character mu, which ordinarily takes twelve strokes of the brush, is completed in one gesture. It seems fitting that this word for ‘no/not/nothing’ that is so important in Zen training becomes a single form in his calligraphy.”


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