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« on: January 12, 2009, 10:37:57 AM »
Zen Master Tetsuo was so famous for his brush painting that many
people came to him just to study art.  He always used to tell prospective
students, "You must remember the saying, "If you want to avoid depending on society, don't let criticism and praise your heart" When
you can cultivate your art without leaving any mundanity at all in your
chest, then mind and techniques will naturally mature, and you will
eventually be able to arrive at the subtleties.  This is the way out of
darkness into light."

Once a distinguished Confucian scholar and statesman came to visit
Tetsuo.  Observing the Zen Master executing a painting, the scholar
noted that every move of the master's arm and brush was in conformity
with the classical principle of calliography.

When he remarked upon this, the Zen Master explained, "In terms
of correctness of mind, calliography and painting are one. When I
make a painting, if so much as one cane of bamboo or one leaf on a
tree is even slightly off from the way the stroke should be, I tear the
whole thing up and throw it away, then put aside my brush, sit
quietly, and clarify my mind!"

(Source: Zen antics. Thomas Cleary. Shambhala, Boston.)

Arunachala Siva.