Known primarily as the founder of Fo Guang Shan, an order that promotes Humanistic Buddhism, Venerable Master Hsing Yun is known around the world for his calligraphy.
Sacramento State is currently hosting a collection of Yun’s calligraphic works through July 29.
As diabetes began to addle his vision and advancing age stole the steadiness of his hands, Yun had to get creative. He invented the one-stroke calligraphy method, in which he uses just one dip of the brush and a continuous stroke to create his works.
In the end, Yun hopes to exemplify personal passion and perseverance.
“Please look beyond my writing and see my heart,” said Yun. “Look for my endurance and the hopes for forming affinities.”
Venerable Ru Hsian, who oversees Sacramento’s temple, believes observing calligraphy can bring happiness and peacefulness.
“You can learn from it because it has meaningful messages in it,” said Hsian through her interpreter, Yee Kwong.
Drawing and viewing calligraphy has long been used as a point of reflection and meditation in Buddhism.
“It’s very soothing and very peaceful when you come to see it,” said Kwong. “The exhibition … can improve and purify the humanity and mind of people.”
While the University Library is temporarily closed, as it undergoes an asbestos abatement and encapsulation project, the exhibit will be held at both Sacramento State’s Library Gallery and Gallery Annex. The work has been scheduled around the exhibit, allowing those wishing to see it to have safe, easy access to the galleries. Signs also have been placed around the campus to guide viewers to nearby parking and the gallery entrance.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The works have been brought to Sacramento by members of the local Fo Guang Shan Bodhi temple.
For more information, visit csus.edu or call (916) 278-4189.