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SYMBOL NO 4: ENSO (symbols widely used in TATTOO DESIGNS) Following the ‘CIRCLE’ theme, I go to the ENSO symbol.. Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a conce…

SYMBOLISM: ENSO

Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy

Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes the Absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an "expression of the moment" it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.

I wanted my first real post to be an essay on the rationality and irrationality of self-improvement within the context of Zen Buddhism.

Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an "expression of the moment" it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.

Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with Zen. As an "expression of the moment" it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.

ensō (円相) is a japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with zen. ensō is one of the most common subjects of japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the japanese aesthetic itself.

ensō (円相) is a japanese word meaning "circle" and a concept strongly associated with zen. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void.

"The Enso (円相), or Zen circle, is one of the most appealing themes in Zen art.  The Enso itself is a universal symbol of wholeness and completion, and the cyclical nature of existence, as well as a visual manifestation of the Heart Sutra, "Form is void and void is form."  One can see in these paintings of the Enso that form and void are also interdependent and, in fact, define each other.  Most examples of Enso also include calligraphy, which gives further clues and refinements of meaning."

"The Enso (円相), or Zen circle, is one of the most appealing themes in Zen art…

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Hakuin Hakuin’s enso: from Penetrating Laughter: Hakuin’s Zen & Art by…

Temari is a Japanese thread ball which is a symbol of perfection

thekimonogallery: “ Temari, is a Japanese thread ball, which is a symbol of perfection. There is a long history about the weaving of thread to create this artwork. Photo by Nana Akua. by NanaAkua ”

Enso Zen Circle Original Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting of my brush. Buddhism and Martial Arts related Artwork of hand-drawn in one brushstroke Ensō

Enso Zen Circle Original Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting of my brush. Buddhism and Martial Arts related Artwork of hand-drawn in one brushstroke Ensō

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