an act of one instant

New at the artisans’ gallery Kazuaki Tanahashi


Kazuaki Tanahashi - miracle, blue 5

Miracles of Each Moment, blue
Original multi-color one-stroke circle.
Acrylic on canvas, scroll (30″ x 36″)


If each moment is our entire life,
how dare we kill time?
If each stroke is our entire breath,
how dare we correct it?

You can’t hide anything in a line.
You are there whatever line you draw.
And you will stay there, even when you go somewhere else.
If your personality is interesting enough,
the line will be interesting.
To do this you have to be fearless.

– Kaz

kazuaki tanahashi at the artisans’ gallery

“I” is just a swinging door


Breathscribe: Prayer for Miriam


When we practice zazen our mind always follows our breathing.  When we inhale, the air comes into the inner world. When we exhale, the air goes to the outer world.  The inner world is limitless, and the outer world is also limitless.  We say “inner world” or “outer world,” but actually there is just one whole world.  In this limitless world, our throat is like a swinging door.  The air comes in and goes out like someone passing through a swinging door.  If you think, “I breathe,” the “I” is extra.  There is no you to say “I.”  What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.  It just moves; that is all.  When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow this movement, there is nothing: no “I,” no world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door.

– Shunryu Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

breathscribe painting – a prayer for my mother, who died recently.

meditation – the inner strip-show

artisans gallery