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Guest Post: Reflections on the Nov. 14 talk by Professor Gene Phillips

It was enlightening to see the concept of Zen Buddhism depicted in
images at the talk by Professor Gene Phillips (Professor in the
Department of Art History; Director of the Center for East Asian
Studies). One of the things that Professor Phillips discussed was how
Zen monks in medieval Japan were commissioned to paint inspirational ink
images based on koans (questions that a Zen Buddhist master gives to
his disciples in order to help them understand the concepts of “mu”
[nothingness, emptiness] and the universe’s fundamental non-duality,
which leads them to enlightenment: the goal, the ultimate state of mind,
in Buddhism).

To learn more, see Professor Phillips’s book, The Practices of Painting in Japan, 1475-1500.

Photo by Hiromi Naka, Japan Outreach Specialist, the Center for East Asian Studies

Ayako Yoshiumra, the Center for East Asian Studies

“Zen and the Arts” at the Kohler Art Library

On November 14, the following books will be featured in an
informal table display at the Kohler Art Library. They are meant to complement Professor Gene Phillip’s
lecture: “Zen Buddhism: an Art Historian’s Perspective” which is scheduled for 6:00
pm in L140 Elvehjem Building as part of the Go Big Read program.Containing wonderful
examples of Zen painting, calligraphy, ceramics, sculpture, and architecture, the
books were selected by Lyn Korenic, Director, Kohler Art Library.

The art of twentieth-century Zen: paintings and calligraphy by Japanese masters /
Audrey Yoshiko Seo. Boston: Shambhala, 1998.

Oversize ND 1457 J32 L63 1998


The art of Zen:
paintings and calligraphy by Japanese monks, 1600-1925
/ Stephen Addiss. 
NY: H.N. Abrams, 1989.
Oversize ND 2071 A328 1989


Awakenings: Zen figure painting in medieval Japan / Naomi Noble Richard and Melanie B. D. Klein. NY: Japan Society; New Haven: Yale
University Press, c2007.

Oversize ND 2071 A98 2007

Daitokuji: the visual
cultures of a Zen monastery
/ Gregory P. A. Levine. Seattle: University of
Washington Press, c2005.
N 8193.3
Z46 L48 2005


Japan and the West: the filled void / Stephen Addiss et al.
Wolfsburg: Kunstmuseum
Wolfsburg ; Köln : DuMont, c2007.

Oversize N 7429 J36 2007


Japanese ink paintings from American collections: the Muromachi period : an exhibition in honor of Shūjirō Shimada /
Yoshiaki Shimizu and Carolyn Wheelwright.
Princeton, NJ: Art Museum, Princeton University, c1976.
Oversize ND 2071 J36

Kamakura, zen no genryūwa; Kamakuara: the art of Zen Buddhism.
Tokyo: Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan, 2003.

Oversize N 8193 J3 K36 2003


“Kyōto Gozan Zen no bunka” ten: Ashikaga Yoshimitsu roppyakunen goki kinen = Zen
treasures from the Kyoto Gozan temples.
 Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, 2007.

N 8193.3 Z46 J35 2007

Sengai: master Zen painter / Shōkin Furuta. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2000.
ND 1059 S45 F87 2000


Song of the brush:
Japanese paintings from the Sansō Collection
/ John M. Rosenfield. Seattle:
Seattle Art Museum, c1979.
Oversize ND 2071 S36 1979

Zen and the fine arts
/ Shin’ichi Hisamatsu. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1971.

N 8193.3 Z4 H513


Zen Buddhist landscape arts of early
Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)
/ Joseph D. Parker. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, c1999.
NX 676.3 Z45 P36 1999

Zen painting /
Yasuichi Awakawa. Tokyo: Kodansha
International, 1977.
ND 197 A9413 1977

Zenga, brushstrokes
of enlightenment
/ John Stevens. New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Museum of
Art, 1990.
Oversize ND 2071 Z47 1990