[I]The creative process, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive, non-linear, and experimental. It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe.[/I]
-John Daido Loori (from the introduction to The Zen of Creativity)

Greetings from Anne and Meitou,

John Daido Looriís book ĎThe Zen of Creativity Cultivating Your Artistic Lifeí has come up in several of our art circle posts over the last 8 months. Kokuu has suggested that we study this book as a group to further our creative efforts. And Meitou, (see below) one of the Treeleaf Sangha artists, has agreed to help in the discussion, but most important offer prompts so anyone who is interested can participate in working with Looriís suggestions to create artwork, whether visual, written, music really whatever. We would encourage artists in all mediums to participate.

Daido Loori a Zen Roshi (now deceased) was a well-respected photographer. The book is a bit autobiographical but also offers the reader suggestions and directions in how to use our practice as a tool to enhance our creative connection. Really it is a very good read. Heís a fine writer.

Most important we would like to know if there is interest in pursuing this as a group project. It would require having access to a copy of the book.

Check this short YouTube video out of an interview with Daido Loori Roshi

And here's Meitou:

Hello everyone,

I'm delighted to be assisting Anne in this project and I'm really looking forward to seeing it develop and grow. I'd like to say a couple of things about the prompts that I'll be providing for you.

Firstly, my intention is to make these prompts as inclusive as possible, so even if your time is limited, if movement is limited, if you live in the middle of a city or the middle of nowhere, if you can't leave the house, I hope that you'll be able to join us.

Secondly the prompts won't require any special equipment apart from John Daido Loori's wonderful book - I've never had much money to spend on materials and out of necessity I've discovered a real love of using 'found objects', including old books, pamphlets, packaging etc. Some of you will know that I love photography, and again, I use a very cheap android. We can use almost anything for mark making, as you will see.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, I sincerely believe we all have that spark of creativity within us. When you were five and wanted to draw a house or a flower, you didn't think 'Oh I can't do that because I'm not an artist', you just went right ahead and loved what you were doing. That's the mindset with which to approach these prompts. So no special talents are required, but the prompts will ask is that you be fully open to and engaged with your experience; as such they will be closely linked to our practice. Above all, join us and enjoy!

If you'd like to know a bit more about me, you'll find my profile here https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/member.php?15859-Meitou

We are both looking forward to this art adventure.


Anne and Meitou