Enso

Enso (円相) is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen, this symbol is also called “The Zen Circle”.  Enso is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character.  It is drawn in a single stroke by a human hand.  The roundness and perfection of the circle is a single unthinking act shows great practice on the part of the artist; however, even the most perfect zen circle has a beginning and an end representing the transition from life to death. 

It symbolizes the Absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an “expression of the moment” it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.

And what is the circle without the space that it encompasses and the space which encompasses it? Inside the circle is nothingness, inside the circle is the universe, inside the circle is the magic of life and death.

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