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Blog: Zen: Enso

Drawing Zen: Enso — Brush drawn Circles of Enlightenment. The strokes of concentration — markings and meaning. For more than 25 years I’ve been collecting zenga. Specifically, this collection is comprised of enso, brush-stroked entities of contemplation and the quest...

Blog: ZenMind

BRAND KICKSTART: ZEN MIND, BEGINNER’S MIND GIRVIN office lobby working session | Seattle THE IMPETUS OF SPIRITUAL BRANDING — EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF ZEN IN THE CONSTRUCT OF BRANDING In working with teams, on the implications of their brand, the process is inevitably...

Blog: Zen and Branding

The Contemplative Walk My earlier studies of Thich Nhat Hanh revolved around the walking meditation — grounding into the earth, walking, breathing, contemplating the open stride; that mindful, mindless walk, open-to-the-moment ambulatory meditation. Being in,...

Blog: The symbolism of the circle

I’d written a couple of weeks back about the enso, the zenga brush-drawn circles of the Zen masters, as a statement of satori and the enlightened condition. There’s more, to the notion of the symbology of the circle, as a gesture of containment and...