from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism by Gary
||A circle -- known as "enso" in Japanese -- universally
implies completeness, all. A zen circle can also imply zero, sunyata, absolute,
true reality, enlightenment, no beginning/no end in all phenomena, no symbol,
the spread of Dharma as a turning wheel, harmony, and womb.
Enso by Kasuaki Tanahashi
||Enso as the featured symbol for Religious Studies 360: ZEN
||Traditional Enso as the symbol of the Zen Dojo in Germany.
||Another Zen link.
||"This Zen circle of enlightenment, illuminates the emptiness
of all phenomena."
|| "The enso is one of the deepest symbols in Japanese zen: a symbolic
representation of enlightenment, encompassing the universe in an endless,
||Calligraphy by Shodo Harada Roshi of Sogenji.
||"Paintings of Zen inspiration were first brushed in Chinese monasteries
approximately 1,300 years ago. Characterized from the start by starkness,
the approach has changed little over the centuries. Certain themes are constantly
repeated: iron rods, skulls, images of the great patriarch Daruma and, above
|| "To support the "One Drop Zendo (North Europe)"
project, the Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi has written traditional Zen calligraphies
to be offered for sale."
||"The enso is one of the most profound subjects in Zenga. The enso is simply
a circle usually created in one brush stroke. Most say that the enso is
the all, the void and enlightenment itself. Some say the enso has no fixed,
finite or static meaning. Some have said that the enso represents a continuing
action through time; when the painting is seen, it communicates at various
levels of understanding depending on the viewer. This is why some say that
Zenga embodies the experience of Zen."