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Creating the Ensō

June 3 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Tashi Mannox Enso 2019 - Featured Image


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…the practice of creating the ensō is both the journey and the art

‘The ensō contains the perfect and the imperfect; that is why it is always complete’
Kazuaki Tanahashi

The ease and skill with which Buddhist master artists can create a beautiful and near perfect circle in one movement of the brush is legendary. However, this simplest of forms requires a particular state of mind and the practice of creating the ensō is both the journey and the art. Tashi Mannox describes it as ‘a tool to bring the present state of awareness through the meditative approach to creativity’.

Tashi Mannox was formerly a Buddhist Monk for 17 years. In his latter years as a monk, Tashi travelled to northern India, where he was privileged to study under Lama Pema Lodrup, one of the last masters of the ancient Lantsha and Wartu Sanskrit forms.

Since laying down his monastic robes at the turn of the millennium, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and meditative approach, to produce a substantial body of calligraphy and iconography artworks.

At its foundation, Tashi’s practice is a vehicle to communicate and transmit Dharma, whilst adapting and updating his approach within and for a contemporary context.

He is now recognised as one of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphy artists, exhibiting in New York, Moscow, London and Los Angeles.

Tashi is also running a Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop on Sunday 2 June.



June 3
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Chalice Well Trust
01458 831154


Chalice Well
85-89 Chilkwell Street
Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DD
01458 831154