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Calligraphy Workshop Weekend

Led by Gerow Reece

Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1, 2018

Come and deepen your weekend practicing calligraphy with a brush. Delve into both East Asian and Western calligraphy--developing sensitivity to both line and space, and awareness in both eye and hand.In our Workshop, each word will gain its own expressive unity rather than being just a line-up of individual letters. This brings a shift of focus from outer form to inner feeling, expression beyond words via words. Participants should bring 3 or 4 words or a phrase that feels important – worth looking at much more than once.

Gerow Reece first sat with Yamada Reirin Roshi and the young monk, Maezumi Sensei, in the old brick Zenshuji in Los Angeles in the early 60s. He then practiced with with Robert and Ann Aitken at Kokoan in their home in Honolulu. While studying in Kyoto, Japan, he sat at Antaiji with Uchiyama Roshi and later with Morinaga Roshi at Daishu-in and Kobori Nanrei at Ryoko-in, never settling on one person as teacher until the arrival of his son. Gerow serves Ceremonial Tea and teaches calligraphy at Jikoji. 

Gerow crafting signs for the Jikoji grounds.

Note: All meals are provided for workshop participants.

After dinner, Friday evening's session includes writing out a personally chosen word or phrase using brush and color, then exploring how to make your brushwork more expressive. Basic brushwork will be introduced and relevant books will be noted and made available.


We will learn to write three or or four Chinese ideographs beginning with the number 1 – a "simple" horizontal line.

We will apply the same sense of stroke and flow used for Chinese ideographs while forming English words.

After dinner, we will will explore and draw inspiration from books on Eastern and Western calligraphy, and then develop our work from earlier in the day. 


After an 8:30 Sunday breakfast. you are welcome to join the regular Jikoji Sunday Program (zazen, optional meditation instruction, service, and Dharma talk), continue practicing your calligraphic skills, or taking a guided nature hike down one of our many trails.

After lunch, workshop participants will do large-form experimental calligraphic work based on their experience over the weekend. Tea will be served. We'll end by 4:30.

The Calligraphy Workshop attendance fee is $50, and you are welcome to come for all or any part of the weekend. Meals are included. If you wish to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday evening, room reservations may be booked separately on our Reservations page. Campsites are also available.

Refrigerator and pantry space are available if you'd like to bring additional food of your own.

If you have any brush calligraphy tools (brushes, ink, ink stone, paper, etc.) please bring them. Materials will also be available for use here.

Earlier Event: June 24
Science and Buddhism
Later Event: July 7
Sunrise Zazenkai