22 January, 2023

Ensō is the Japanese word for “circle” and it is one of the most common subjects in Japanese calligraphy. Drawing an ensō is a spiritual practice that expresses a moment when the body is free from the mind to create from the gesture into the paper or canvas. Once it is drawn, nothing can be changed as its beauty comes from the moment it was created and the imperfection that is inherent at that moment. The ensō is considered not only part of Buddhist meditation practice, but also a manifestation of the artist at that one particular moment in time leaving him/her fully exposed when drawing it and symbolising our most authentic self and the acceptance of it.

The imperfection of the ensō also remind us about being part of something greater: a universe that is imperfectly beautiful as the essential aspect of existence, our connection to each other and the circle of life.