Zen Buddhism 9


1) In Aviman’s “Introduction,” she describes several contentious perspectives

surrounding scholarly approaches to the study of Zen paintings. What connections

does she make between the “romanticized” perception of Zen and approaches to “Zen

art”? In her outline of the purpose of her own book (p. 7), she describes how she

intends to break away from these earlier, romantic approaches. In your survey of her 

chapter titles (also p. 7), what new “narratives” do you expect Aviman to introduce

surrounding the work of Hakuin and Sengai?

2) After reading the short paragraph on formal and stylistic analysis, answer the

questions in light of your viewing experience of the Huineng painting linked above:

What captures your attention first. What other elements do you then see. What mood

or emotion do you feel? Can you explain your observations and emotional responses?

In other words, which formal aspects of the work of art direct the movements of your

eyes and encourage you to feel a certain way? Finally, why is this feeling


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