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Kazuaki Tanahashi, born in Japan in 1933 and working in the United States since 1977, is an artist, writer, worker for peace and an environmental advocate. Kaz’s one-stroke paintings, multicolor Zen circles, and calligraphy have appeared in solo exhibitions throughout the world. His publications includeBrush Mind, Penetrating Laughter: Hakuin’s Zen and Art;and Lotus. Since 1960 he has dedicated much of his life to translating Zen master Eihei Dogen’s writings, in such books as Moon in a Dewdrop, Enlightenment Unfolds, and The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and founding director of A World without Armies. Photographs of his colorful enso [circle] paintings appearhere. “The circle belongs to everybody,” Kaz says. “Young or old, physically fit or not, anyone can draw a circle.”

 

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