A Master of His Own: The Calligraphy of the Chan Abbot Zhongfeng Mingben (1262-1323)

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Franz Steiner Verlag, 2002 - Art - 164 pages
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The Chinese Chan (jap. Zen) abbot Zhongfeng Mingben of the Yuan Dynasty forged a synthesis of buddhist sutra writing and draft-cursive (zhang cao) script in his calligraphy. This highly idiosyncratic, new style of calligraphy prompted innovative trends in Ming Dynasty China and transmitted current Chinese artistic developments to Japan where it had a major impact on Zen- and tea circles.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
8
Buddhist Tradition apart from Chan
20
Chan Calligraphers
28
Aesthetic Concepts in Scholar Official Calligraphy
40
Some Common Points between Chan and Scholar Official
46
Zhao Mengfu and other Literati
58
Zhongfeng Mingbens Buddhist Connections
79
The Oeuvre of Zhongfeng Mingben
88
Conclusions
132
Appendix
138
Bibliography
146
Index
155
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