WHEN: Open 7 days a week during ABC Carpet and Home hours
WHAT: Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh
WHERE: ABC Carpet & Home, Deepak HomeBase, Mezzanine
888 Broadway, New York
Free and open to the public | Wheelchair Accessible
EVENTS: Miracle of Mindfulness Tour, September 10-13, 2015

Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art Of Thich Nhat Hanh

In 1966, Thich Nhat Hanh sat in front of a simple handmade lampshade with a calligraphy pen dipped in traditional Chinese ink and wrote: Lamp of Wisdom. On two others he wrote Lamp of the World, and Lamp of the Full Moon. They were gifts for three of his advanced students at his School for Youth and Social Service in Vietnam, founded to respond to the impact of the war.

These phrases were among the first of many calligraphic meditations Thich Nhat Hanh was to write, both in Vietnam and, later on, in his Sitting Still hut in the peace and quiet of Plum Village, the meditation practice center he founded in the rolling hills of the southern France.

Each of Thich Nhat Hanh’s unique calligraphies represents a distillation of an ancient Buddhist teaching adapted for our modern times, capturing and expressing his lifetime of meditative insight, peace, and compassion.

Yet it is more than art—it is a meditative practice. Thich Nhat Hanh is fully present for every moment, from drinking his tea, to sitting down and taking a brush, and using the tea to make the ink. He has said that he cannot write poetry if he does not garden the lettuces; the same is true with his calligraphy. Each calligraphy is made of mindful walking, sitting, breathing, smiling – and love.
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The exhibition Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh is currently on display in the United States for the first time. The collection represents some of the most poignant and some of the most recent of Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphies. It will eventually evolve into a permanent collection of his calligraphic art as one way to ensure his teachings will continue beautifully into the future, touching the hearts of everyone who contemplates them. In his own words:

“If we just act with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don’t have to talk about it at all. When we know how to be in peace, we find that art is a wonderful way to share our peacefulness.  Artistic expression will take place in one way or another, but the being is essential. So we must go back to ourselves, and when we have joy and peace in ourselves, our creations of art will be quite natural, and they will serve the world in a positive way.”

Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art Of Thich Nhat Hanh has been shown in France, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, and Hong Kong.

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