Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, November 07, 2014
Full moon night. Moonlight Sonata. When realize linear time is just an illusion, it becomes timeless time.
Acrylic with gold metallic color on rice paper, mounted on canvas. Signed with the artist’s seal. Size: 36 H x 30 W x 1.5 in. Ready to hang.
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Sunday, November 02, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
“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!——————————-
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
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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
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 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.
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Friday, September 05, 2014
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" - 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. 25 x 25 in.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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
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
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 also Form" - That arises from nothingness is real and empty of nature at the same time.
"Koi" Series 13, mixed media on paper.
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!
Monday, June 30, 2014
Living fully in this present moment. Feeling the space in between things. Have some humor. Light-hearted but seeing clearly. The expectation of the future and the memory of the past are both fleeting, changeable. Nothing is as permanent as it seems.
Four Dots - mixed media on rice paper, mounted on board. The size is 38 by 14 in. Signed by the artist. Ready to hang.
This work is featured in the "Broad Brush: New Gestural Paintings Collection" on Saatchi Art's homepage. You can see the complete collection here: http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Drawing/Broad-Brush-New-Gestural-Paintings/667232/77180/view
Purchase Yeachin's work "Four Dots": http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Four-Dots/688716/1933530/view
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity - all the wonderful things we want in life. Due to the karmic connections, somehow for some people it is easier than others. However, if the mind is content, all the situations is a source of learning and joy. We can try to see things from a more positive point of view. Happiness is here and now.
Chinese calligraphy: "Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity ". Original work. Unframed.
Black sumi ink on rice paper. 10" by 19". The calligraphy itself is professionally double-mounted on another piece of acid-free paper, so the surface is totally flattened. The words of the seal are: "happiness, wealth, and longevity". Ready to be put into a frame.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
"In the ancient philosophies of both China and Japan, the three principles of heaven, earth, and man expressed this view of how human life and society could be integrated with the order of the natural world. These principles are based on an ancient understanding of natural hierarchy. I have found that, in presenting the discipline of warriorship, the principles of heaven, earth and man are very helpful in describing how the warrior should take his seat in the sacred world. Although politically and socially, our values are quite different from those of Imperial China and Japan, it is still possible to appreciate the basic wisdom contained in these principles of natural order. Heaven, earth, and man can be seen literally as the sky above, the earth below, and human beings standing or sitting between the two.
If we apply the perspective of heaven, earth, and man to the situation in the world today, we begin to see that there is a connection between the social and the natural, or environmental, problems that we are facing. When human beings lose their connection to nature, to heaven and earth, then they do not know how to nurture their environment or how to rule their world—which is saying the same thing. Human beings destroy their ecology at the same time that they destroy one another. From that perspective, healing our society goes hand in hand with healing our personal, elemental connection with the phenomenal world."
From Chogyam Trungpa - Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (Shambhala Classics) Shambhala Publications.
This work - Original Chinese calligraphy: "Heaven, Earth, and Man." 8 x 14 in. The work is sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on another acid-free cotton rag paper. The surface is flattened. Ready to be framed. The artist's seal is: "walking in the sky".
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Chinese character: Forgiveness. Forgiveness is never easy. To forgive, is to let go - let go of our holding on. If we can let go, we can move on.
It is hard to truly forgive others, or to forgive ourselves. Somehow the ego wants to hold onto something, otherwise the lightweight feeling could be overwhelming, unbearable. We think hatred makes us alive - but it is the opposite. It makes us dead, stale, not moving.
Forgiveness is powerful. It manifests tremendous inner strength.
Forgiveness. The word is composed by two characters: the suchness of mind (suchness + mind). Sumi ink on paper. 6.5 by 6.5 inches.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Acrylic on rice paper, mounted on canvas. 18 x 18 in.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Chinese character: Discipline 戒. Discipline is everything. Without discipline, our energy is just spreading into the vast space, without a focal point. With discipline, all our effort will be like an arrow striking the target - it is not goal-oriented per se; it is just effective.
Freedom achieved through discipline. This work: sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on paper. The size is 14.5 by 18 inches. The seal is: the heart of buddha.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Auspicious mountain of wealth which attracts true wealth, happiness, and prosperity - that is free from aggression and attachment. Red and black: fiery, brave, fearless, and confident, full of "cool passion"; it is here and now: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Red-Mountain/688716/2043556/view
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Mixed media with oil on Japanese wax masa paper. My seal is an image of a bird on the right. The size is 7 by 17 in.
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Original work. Unframed. Sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper. 16.5" by 13". Signed with the seal of the artist: "Chin's heart". The calligraphy itself is professionally double-mounted on another piece of acid-free paper, so the surface is totally flattened. Ready to be put into a frame.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Exhibition from 4/10 to 5/3/2014.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
"The notion of enlightenment is that no matter how dark the room is, even if it has been dark for thousands of years. As soon as someone lights a match, the room is illuminated."
- Sakyong Mipham, Shambhala Principle
Where there is light, there is hope. Chinese calligraphy: "Light" (Chinese pinyin: Guāng) in semi-cursive script style. Original work. Unframed. Sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper, mounted on Somerset England paper. The paper size is 11" by 15"; the actual image size is 9" by 14". Signed with the seal of the artist: "emptiness and form are inseparable".
Monday, March 24, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Sometimes it feels difficult, the weather, the people, everything around us, ourselves is suffering. Look into our mind and heart, there is a blue sky, an open lake there... The stillness is within our hearts. The strength is there.
Sumi ink on textured golden speckled Chinese rice paper. 12.5" by 18". Signed with the seal of the artist: "Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity".
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Art that Reflects Feelings and Perceptions
by Yeachin Tsai
READ the article on Shambhala Times
An Interview by Shambhala Carolyn Mandelker, Shambhala Executive Director
This image: "Chaos is Good News": Big marks, open space, chaos could be good news sometimes because we are allowing the energy to come in. We can ride the tremendous new energy and follow the flow. Don't be afraid and miss the opportunity to change.
Mixed media with metallic gold color on rice paper, mounted on canvas. 30 by 26 inches. Ready to hang. Artist signed on the front with the seal: "emptiness and form are inseparable."
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Dragon's fearless Claw. Unconditional confidence; Confidence without aggression.
The dragon is energetic, powerful and unwavering. It has a state of inscrutability that is based on insightful fearlessness. It is also very playful and humorous; since its mind is not confined by any fixed concept.
Abstract painting. Mixed media on rice paper, mounted on canvas. Ready to hang. The size is 18 x 18 x 1 in. The seal is: "walking in the sky (sky walker/ sky dancer)."
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
"Be kind in the morning; be kind during the day; and be kind in the evening." There is tremendous power there. Just like bamboo, gentle but strong. With kindness, we will have no regret later in our life; we can respect ourselves and help others. We can feel good.
"Bamboo in the Wind"- Sumi ink on paper. With my seal, which is an image of a bird on the left corner. 10 x 10".
Monday, March 03, 2014
Every day is a good day, every moment is a good moment. Every moment is so subtle, and precious, that we can use it in infinite ways: to have a good thought, bad thought, nasty thought, noble thought, or neutral thought... then, from that thought, the action, either virtuous or non-virtuous, will follow. Then we create our "Karma" - "action" in Sanskrit.
The mystery is: it is so ordinary, there is actually no mystery. Every moment is decided by us.
Meditation has taught me that we always have the opportunity to seize the moment. The greater trust we have in ourselves, and the more conviction we have in our goodness, the more strength we will have to seize it. With self-doubt and lack of conviction, our past negative actions gain momentum and the joy of the present is awash in doubt and fear. Then the future looks dismal. If we as humanity feel good about ourselves, we will grab this particular moment with great conviction before it washes away. Each of us holds human destiny in our hands. It will be completely determined by how the mind feels about itself.
"The Shambhala Principle", by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Chinese calligraphy, "Meditation-Zen"(in Japanese), or "Chan"(in Chinese) in semi-cursive style.
Sumi ink on rice paper. The size is 15 by 15 inches. Signed with the artist's seal "the heart of buddha", and my name "Chin".
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The karmic wind swept the landscape of life. Feel the power of natural laws. At this time, patience and acceptance are the best antidote. All is changing and all will be good.
"Dust Storm"- permanent sumi ink and acrylic on rice paper, mounted on acid-free paper.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Going west: be luxurious, generous, and bold. In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Five Buddhas Families, also known as the Five Wisdom, represent five distinctive energies. West is red, it is fire, it is lotus; it is magnetizing, and subjugating. It could be seductive.
According to Trungpa Rinpoche, "True Perception", he said:
"True padma (lotus) art is very luscious and colorful, absolutely brilliant color. It also has curves and shapes. One stroke of color doesn't make your mind interested in it, but padma art has curves, like a lotus."
Going West - Mixed media with permanent ink and acrylic on rice paper mounted on canvas. Signed with the seal of the artist on the front. 36 x 36 x 1.5 in.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This original work is inspired by the simple but elegant Zen art. The energy is moving upward. In a long winter season like this, be aware of our energy. Raise energy through some form of exercise, and relax with the elements.
This work: is done with permanent sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on acid-free Somerset England paper. Signed with the artist's seal, an image of a bird. The paper size is 15 × 22 in (unframed). The actual image size is 14 × 18 in (actual image size).
Monday, February 24, 2014
There is nothing stronger than the power of compassion. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche talked about our innate “original peace,” and what he referred to is a “primordial state of non-aggression.” Compassion brings out our inner peace. It is strong and long-lasting. It is not weak. Its warmth has the most immense power.
Black sumi ink on rice paper. 12" by 22". See detail here.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Shooting stars cross the night sky. When was the last time I stare at the sky? Running around under this infinite winter sky, all my seemingly important activities are so petty and trivial. Breathe in, the cold winter air fills my lungs. How sweet the smell of the fire wood...
Acrylic on rice paper, mounted on board. 17.5 x 17.5 in. Signed with the artist's seal: an image of a rabbit, on the front.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Years ago I did an unusual series of some eerie "Face" lithography work- for the joy and suffering of human beings. Still, we see the world is in turmoil, people are bleeding, struggling for a more dignified life. Can we ever have peace? Where will it come from? Can we find deep within ourselves that we all have something good in common? Can we cherish that and trust that?...
For the hope of the world-
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Friday, February 21, 2014
In our mind and heart, we already have the the seed of awakening - like the seed waiting for the spring rain to sprout. We all have tremendous goodness inside. It is there, never diminished. We can recognize the goodness and cultivate it.
Chinese calligraphy, "Buddha" in semi-cursive style. Black sumi ink on rice paper. The size is 13 by 14 inches. Signed with the artist's seal "the heart of buddha."
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Memory of spring. An atmosphere of the spring green mountains. Everything is gold. The spring is coming eventually - towards the end of the winter. It has been an unbearable long winter in the North America.
"Composed in Spring" by Robert Burns (1786) :
Come Winter, with thine angry howl,
And raging bend the naked tree;
Thy gloom will soothe my chearless soul,
When Nature all is sad like me!
This green/gold painting is done with acrylic and golden colors on rice paper, mounted on canvas then on board. 21 x 18 in.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Walking Dragon. Walking through space with confidence. Walking with pride. We are worthy; we are basically good and wholesome.
This original work was lithography. Inspired by the energy and force of the Chinese calligraphy. For purchasing a high quality giclee print, please go to my art page at the: Saatchi Art.