ZMC Benefit Art Exhibition and Sale poster
The first use of Shunryu Suzuki's famous enso
Spending a whole afternoon on a
cushion at the low table in his office, at the request of his
student, Mike Dixon, Suzuki drew an enso, a sumi circle,
for a poster announcing a benefit art show, drawing one
incomplete circular stroke after another, going through sheet
after sheet of rice paper, till he got a stroke that satisfied
him. He didn't do a voluminous amount of calligraphy, as is
common among Japanese priests, but this simple enso would come
to greet countless gazes.
The exhibit ran from December 16, 1966, to January 16,
The exhibit ran from December 16, 1966, to January 16, 1967.