Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Dancing with Brush Marks"



“Dancing with Brush Marks” A lecture and demonstration – I will be giving a presentation on ink painting and calligraphy at Bennington College, East Academic Center 1, Vermont, 10/9 at 7 pm, open to public. Feel free to join me!
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Dancing with Brush Marks
with Yeachin Tsai

An evening of Sumi ink and brush strokes – an introduction to Traditional Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting by Yeachin Tsai. Mrs. Tsai will demonstrate the principles of these ancient disciplines and discuss how the practice can bring us vividly into the present moment. The evening will include a demonstration and contemporary artwork presentation.

Yeachin was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to New York City in 1993. She received MFA degree at CUNY,  Brooklyn College. Yeachin has practiced calligraphy and brush painting for over 40 years, having learned from traditional Chinese Masters. Since moving to NYC, her work evolved into an unique style of “New Ink”, a colorful expression that retains its roots in Chinese painting and embraces the explorative impulse of Western abstraction. She currently lives and works in the Capital District as an artist. Visit Yeachin’s website at http://www.yeachin.net

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Heart Sutra

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From Heart Sutra: “Thus Shariputra, all dharma are emptiness. There are no characteristics. There is no birth and no cessation. There is no impurity and no purity. There is no decrease and no increase.”
Sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper. The piece itself is 15″ by 19″, flat mounted on 18″ by 22″ acid-free white cotton paper. Signed by the artist: “emptiness is inseparable from forms.” Ready to be put into a frame.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Total Freedom

Chinese calligraphy: 自在 (Zi Zai) – meaning “at ease, total freedom.” Permanent acrylic ink (aqua blue, yellow, and gold) on textured Chinese rice paper. The size is 12.5″ by 27.5″. Signed with the seal of the artist.
Zi is “I, myself;” Zai is “being.” When we are comfortable with ourselves, being ourselves, we have total freedom.
The sun is shining, and, we feel good, basically good and free. How marvelous!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Yeachin's New Calligraphy and Painting Website

http://auspiciousink.com/

Welcome to the Auspicious Ink! A new website of beautiful, affordable artworks for your home and office. Please go to: Auspicious Ink 

(Slide photo thanks to Jim De Seve)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Modern Zen/Tao


Modern symbols of Zen and Tao. The infinite possibilities come from these. Original work. Unframed. 27 by 17 in. Acrylic on rice paper, mounted on acid-free cotton paper. Signed with the seals of the artist.

Purchase the artwork at the Saatchi Art: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Modern-Zen-Tao/688716/2160445/view

Monday, September 15, 2014

What is a Bodhisattva?


A bodhisattva, or "being of enlightenment," is essentially a "buddha to be" - someone who has achieved an advanced state of enlightenment (paramitas, or perfection) and therefore is qualified to enter nirvana and be a Buddha. However, they make the choice to remain a bodhisattva in order to help other humans attain the same goal.

Guan-Yin, avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion who listens all the suffering of the world, thus liberate them, he or she is totally free himself.

Sumi ink on red/ gold ground rice paper. Mounted on another acid-free cotton paper. The size is 7.5 by 18 in.

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May All Beings be Happy!


May all beings be happy. It is a simple wish, but seemingly very hard to achieve at this day and time.

We all suffer from our habitual patterns of thinking. We cannot see the light. The light will come through when we change: change our thought pattern, our mental attitude.

Everything is experienced in our minds.

May all beings know where to look for true happiness. Chinese calligraphy: "Joy, Delight" in semi-cursive style. Permanent sumi ink written on red ground golden flakes rice paper, mounted on professional archival cotton paper. This card size is 5 x 7 inches. It can be a greeting card or for art display.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rising Up from the Bottom of the Sea


Rising up from the dark bottom of the mind sea. All is changing, all will be passing. Let's play with the opaque and transparent qualities of life with no fear.

Acrylic and permanent sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on acid-free cotton paper. The Size is 18 by 13 in.

Please go to Saatchi Art for purchasing.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dream Like Existence


The dream like quality of human existence—Past memory when brought to mind is as vivid as we re-live it now. Nothing ever truly vanished. Thus forgiveness is the only redemption.

The sound of the blowing wind and rain; last night's dreams; falling leaves. A moment of tasting nowness—There is no why; it just is.

That sudden gap of life offers new possibility of opening up. Embracing the wind... brave ones...


Abstract landscape: acrylic on paper, mounted on paper. 5x7 in.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Primordial Complexity


Painting today: "Primordial Complexity"- Everything is ever changing with interaction and complexity. Mixed media on rice paper, mounted on paper. The size is 14 by 19 in. Signed with the seal of the artist.

For Purchase: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Primordial-Complexity/688716/2145465/view

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Family Dynamics


"Family Dynamics" - The patterns of interactions between family members. Each family has its unique dynamic. Every family member has different energy. All person act according to their habitual pattern and role playing. It could be quite sad and unresolvable sometimes. Family is the source of joy and pain - we learn great deal from it.

Mixed media on rice paper mounted on canvas. Ready to hang. Size: 25 H x 25 W x 1.5 in. See Saatchi Arthttp://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Family-Dynamics/688716/2141562/view

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In the Beginning There is Love

In the Beginning there is Love.

Love is total acceptance of the present reality. Even though it is harsh and difficult.

Love is when the parents let their kids go; and when they come back, gladly welcome them.

The real love is unconditional. No string attached.

Love is all possible.

Love is hope.

Love is heartbreak. But no complains.

Love is many things - but the most important thing is: Love is this warm heart, which we all possess.


Painting: "In the Beginning". Mixed media on rice paper mounted on acid-free archival paper. The size is 15.5 by 15.5 in. For purchase, please go to Saatchi Art

Saturday, August 23, 2014

In Yourself, There is Luminous Light


In yourself, there is the luminous light. It will not disappear in the dark time. It accompanies you and comforts you. It leads your through the saddest moments of life. Look inward, listen carefully - there is this beating heart with joy. The strength that carries you up. Not from outside.

Mixed media on rice paper, mounted on canvas. 18 by 14 in. Signed with the artist's seal of a red fish.

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

When a Warrior Facing Death


Chinese calligraphy: "Death". Original work. Unframed.

I don't know anything thing about death. It is very difficult to even think about this subject. I keep my teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche words in my mind: "Death is my friend, the truest of friend, a true friend that never abandons me... yet death allows life." Chinese Zen/ Pure Land Master Yin-Quang reminded his pupils to put the word "Death" on their forehead when they practice, to remember how precious life is, and how much we should not waste life.

Many great masters have talked about death, yet is is still terrifying and untouchable for most of us. However, it is something that everyone will face one day. All beings come to life will die, that is the simple, genuine truth.

Quotes by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the Swiss-born psychiatrist and author who gained international fame for her landmark work on death and dying, regarding "Death":
"Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow."

"Dying is an integral part of life, as natural and predictable as being born. But whereas birth is cause for celebration, death has become a dreaded and unspeakable issue to be avoided by every means possible in our modern society. Perhaps it is that in spite of all our technological advances. We may be able to delay it, but we cannot escape it."

Facing death like a true warrior, and, celebrating life in every moment. This calligraphy: "Death" - Sumi ink on textured red color, golden flakes water-marked Chinese rice paper. 12" by 11". Signed with the seal of the artist: "happiness, wealth, and longevity".

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Genuineness

Chinese calligraphy, character: Genuineness 真.

To quote Trungpa Rinpoche's words: "the Genuine Heart of Sadness" -- that open, raw and tender part of our heart that is touched by our experience. Ani Pema Chodron said that remaining in touch with this tender, vulnerable feeling is what keeps us from becoming thick-skinned and closed-down to our experience. Staying awake and present with whatever arises creates the space for enlightened qualities of mind to manifest, such as compassion and loving-kindness. (See Gampo Abbey Blog.)

This work, sumi ink on acid-free card board, the size is 10 by 15 inches.

Friday, July 04, 2014

"Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form"


"Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is also Form" - That arises from nothingness is real and empty of nature at the same time. 

"Koi" Series 13, mixed media on paper. See http://www.yeachin.net

Advice for Beginners

by Great Mipham Rinpoche (1846–1912)  
Kyeho! All activities within samsara are pointless and hollow—
Unreliable and fleeting, like lightning's streaking dance,
And there is no certainty as to when death will strike.
Still, since death is certain, limit idle plans and speculations,
Allow the teacher's instructions to hit home and strike a chord,
And, single-pointedly, in solitude, seek perfect certainty of mind.
Mind, which is like lightning, a breeze, or passing clouds,
Is coloured by its various thoughts of everything under the sun,
But when examined thoroughly is found to lack a basis or origin.
Just like a mirage on the horizon, it is devoid of essential nature.
While being empty, it appears; and while appearing, it is empty.
Left to settle, naturally, by itself, mind arrives at a genuine state of ease,
And, when familiarity grows stable, mind's natural condition is seen.
If devotion to the teacher grows vast, blessings will enter and inspire the mind,
And when accumulations are gathered and obscurations purified, realization will dawn—
So take this practice to heart, carefully and with constant effort!