Sunday, February 24, 2013

An Evening with Zen Master & Calligrapher

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, built in 1886 by a railroad tycoon, is a unique blend of Victorian and Asian architecture.  Having been constructed by Chinese railroad workers, the building melds classic Queen Anne Victorian design with a strong Asian influence, which is primarily evident in staircase and intricate carved wood throughout the downstairs of the building.

Those who appreciate the Asian art and design sense are welcome to stop by for a tour, and will also want to attend a special presentation of Zen Master and Calligrapher Shodo Harada Roshi at the St. Francis Auditorium on Tuesday, February 26.  The event, offered by the New Mexico Museum of Art and the One Drop Zen Community of Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, is scheduled to take place from 6-8pm.  Shodo Harada Roshi will share his teachings on the the practice of calligraphy as a spiritual art form, as well as how it has affected his personal journey as a monk.  During the two hour demonstration Roshi will create large-scale scrolls from start to finish, and a translator will provide on-going commentary to illuminate the process.

St. Francis Auditorium/New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue (on the Plaza)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Suggested donation at the door of $5

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