Zen art

From Academy to Chan: Liang Kai

This last of the four Southern Song Academy masters is shown as providing a bridge between that tradition and the new kind of painting associated with Chan (Zen) Buddhism: why it was preserved almost entirely in Japan and scarcely at all in China. Film 72 minutes

Shakyamuni and Attendant Bodhisattvas

The intimate scale, informality of the figures’ poses, and landscape setting link the painting to Chan-style depictions of Shakyamuni — the human origin of the Buddha — as an ascetic descending from the mountains just prior to achieving Buddhahood…