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Musical Paintings Shaku-hatchi


THE TALL TOWER

UNE HAUTE COLONNE

背の高い塔

FACES OF SUNS

DES VISAGES DE SOLEILS

太陽の顔

A PURPLE CLOUD

UN NUAGE VIOLET

紫色の雲

PURE SILK

SOIES PURES

純粋な絹

THE WHITE SPINDLE

LE FUSEAU BLANC

白い糸巻き

MASKED SUNS

DES SOLEILS MASQUÉS

仮面をかぶった太陽

Music by Masaki Nakamura
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Shodo Paintings by Saiso Shimada
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Text by Dr. Paul Briot
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Masaki Nakamura, Shakuhachi


Masaki Nakamura 中村仁樹, Shakuhachi

Nakamura composed 6 original shaku-hatchi recordings inspired by Dr. Paul Briot’s poetic essay, Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini 2017 published by Éditions Caractères.

imagesHe first fell in love with the painting Faces of Suns and asked the shodo artist Saiso Shimada to lend it to him for a few days.  Staring at the painting he was stirred to create music for the composition and become intrigued by the new direction in Saiso Shimada’s shodo work.  When she explained that she was meditating and creating works of art, he decided to join a session.  The strong experience lead him to create new spontaneous works of art with Saiso Shimada and Beyond Our Best.

From a family of Buddhist monks, Nakamura was supposed to like his brother, become a monk himself and take the responsibility of the temple.  However, something within Nakamura pushed him in a different direction.  Instead of being a monk, he decided to pursue the spirit through music.

[Excerpt Taken From the Japan Foundation]

Masaki Nakamura first encountered Shakuhachi at the age of 17. Enchanted by the instrument, he pursued a major in Shakuhachi at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music of the Faculty of Music in Tokyo University of the Arts.

Nakamura won the 6th Shakuhachi Rookie of the Year Competition, the 3rd Tokyo Japanese Music Competition, and the 2nd Western and Japanese Instruments Ensemble Competition. He is also the recipient of a Yomiuri Shimbun Award, a Japan Folk Song Association Award, a Komoda Encouragement Prize and an Uwajima Grand Prize. Since graduating from university he has performed as a guest player at Suntory Hall, Ryogoku Kokugikan, the Embassy of the United States in Japan and other venues throughout Japan. He has also performed overseas including Turkey, Algeria, China, and the United States.

Shaku-Hatchi and Meditative Experience

Nakamura’s original composition brings forth the true resonance of Shakuhachi and projects the natural world and the spirit.  He is highly regarded and demanded and a hard man to catch — even for a meditation.

http://www.masaki-nakamura.com

中村仁樹

Shimada Saiso Japanese Calligraphy Shodo



Beyond Our Best: Creating Inner Silence with Art
 

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Shimada, born in Yamagata Prefecture, studied under Kaian Tanaka.  Her works are on display in Beijing Palace Museum, British Library, Turk Japon Vakfi KuluturMerkezi, Japanisch-Deutsche Gesellchaft, Ukraine National Gallery, and the Lianyungang Museum.  Numerous solo and group exhibitions including EU Embassy Tokyo several private gatherings July 2016, Galleries in Ginza Tokyo, Japan November 2017, the Japanese Embassy in Belgium summer 2017, and Paris, France June 2017.

Her work was commissioned to calligraph the signboard at Musahino Imperial Mausoleum (mausoleum complex of JapaneseEmperors).

Most recently works of her art appeared in the philosopher and poet’s book Dr. Paul Briot’s newest 2017 edition of Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Infini…   Her recent book Cosmic Calligraphy, the World of Saiso Shimada  (also 2017) is introduced with forward written by the curator of the State Hermitage Museum : Aleksey Bogolyubov, a specialist on Japanese art.

“This wonderous space created by her work brings forth pure emotion and will bring deep healing to people’s hearts and minds.”

— Aleksey Bogolyubov, Curator of the State Hermitage Museum

SAISO SHIMADA:  A Rare Combination of Breath, Joy, Energy and Spirit

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Saiso Shimada: Combines Breath, Energy, Joy and Spirit

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Combines profound knowledge of calligraphy with Zen & over 15 years of Kikou (Qigong).  Each stroke is anchored in breath.

It took Nathalie Ishizuka three years to find Saiso Shimada, but it was well worth the wait.

While many artists meditate, Shimada had her own unique style and life exuded from her art with an energy that surprises and heals.

“She uses breath in a way I have never seen before,” says Ishizuka.  Each stroke is advanced yoga, each breath channels energy on to the paper for us to enjoy for many many years ahead.

Energy

ENERGY

Shimada paints together the present and the future: a flow of energy that is Japan’s spirit pointed upwards like a samurai sword.  It is vertical as is the human spirit inciting Japan to move in a new direction and to focus on what is important.  The incision is not horizontal, but vertical.

A new transformation through art.  Since shodo ink captures energy on paper and can keep it for many many years, sitting in front of one of these paintings is a sure way to enfuse oneself with new life.

After one meditation of Shimada not being her body nor her mind, Shimada’s calligraphy changed as did the energy in the characters.  Sitting in front of that painting Ishizuka can still feel its energy.   It sits at my desk to enfuse me with its strength.

 

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The practice of Shimada’s writing itself is a healing experience as is sitting in front of one of her paintings.
Joy arises.
Spaciousness.
A place where time stops.
Behind each painting is a story, a place, an opening.

 

 

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SPIRIT

How many artists when you ask them to draw an auto-portrait draw their spirit?IMG_6532 8Larger Artworks by Saiso Shimada Provide Strong Energy to a SpaceSnapseed 2Saiso Shimada Teaches Shodo in Temples in Tokyo and has been asked by organizations to introduce Shodo and Design at high levels including the Top Design Team at Nike. 
Her work was commissioned to calligraph the signboard at Musahino Imperial Mausoleum (mausoleum complex of Japanese Emperors) and shared with many.
Her spirit and grace makes her presence invaluable and a beautiful gift to us all.

 

Shodo, Zen, Qigong (Kikou) and Advanced Yoga Practices: the Ultimate Combination for Universal Shodo


Shimada Saiso has combined for many years shodo, zen and qigong (kikou), with the result that her shodo illuminates and lifts with an energy that is rare.

As far as Zen is concerned, from what I understood Saiso Shimada learned Zen from a Jesuit — from a school founded by Hugo Enomiya-Lassale.

Zen Center

According to some articles, the founder of the place Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle was present and suffered from the Hiroshima atomic bomb in WWII.  After that, he engaged himself in a mission of peace and built a Catholic church “Memorial Cathedral for World Peace” in Hiroshima.

He became later known as a first person who introduced meditation to many Catholics.  Enomiya-Lassalle first built a center for meditation in “Shinmeikutsu” Hiroshima and now as I understand it, it has moved to Tokyo. Due to many notable achievements,  Enomiya-Lassalle became an honorary citizen of Hiroshima.

Practicing in Zen Center

 

JAPANESE

五日市駅からバスで一時間 の山の中に 「 神冥窟 」があり、そこに、 書道 と 禅 の練習をするために、 毎月 一回 、 15年 行っていました。  (  30年以上前になります )

そこは、ドイツ人の神父様 ( 日本名  愛宮牧備  ) が建てられた 禅道場でした。

愛宮神父様は、広島で 原爆に遭い、 後に 日本をもっと理解する為に 禅を 学び、 禅に深く共鳴されて、 禅を世界中に広める ことを熱心に行動されて居られました。

山の中の 禅道場は、時計もなく 、 十字架と共存した場所で、食事 も、 歩行も、 全て禅の修行であり、現代の人間社会とは別の特別な、異る空間でした。

何もない、広い場所で 、唯自分の心と向き合う数日間は、汚れた心を洗い流して、再生の場所でした。

Press for More Info on the Founder Enomiya-Lassalle of “Shinemeikutsu” a Zen Practice

 

SHIMADA PRACTICES TODAY RAJA YOGA (SAMYAMA) AND ALSO DEEP MEDITATION IN A VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM WITH NATHALIE ISHIZUKA

For the last two and half years, Saiso Shimada in Tokyo, along with Nathalie Ishizuka in Singapore, and a formidable raja yoga teacher in Europe (prefers to remain unknown), practices together samyama (stillness in action) co-ordinating their meditations with skype.  Due to this regular practice together Shimada has seen according to her own assessment and her fans, a shift in her work.

ABOUT VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM

Most recently, a book has been published this Fall 2018 celebrating Shimada’s new art in the book of the Philosopher and Poet, Dr. Paul Briot.  This book contains 6 original works of Saiso Shimada and original music created for each of these six works by a very famous musician Nakamura Masaki who fell in love with her paintings and meditated on the text of Dr. Paul Briot’s work Le Rayonnant.

Paul Briot Le Rayonnant, un art vers l'infini

Each of those original songs by Masaki Nakamura for Shimada’s paintings were created in meditation with Nathalie Ishizuka and Saiso Shimada.  They are accessible in a revolutionary new book edition, containing access to the works through your mobile (audio, visual and text) & QR codes written behind each painting.  To get this rare digital audio beautifully designed book you must order the book directly from the Editor as it is a limited edition.  The beautiful colored edition is rare and the paintings are in color.

PRESS HERE TO Order your edition of this Rare Edition before it is sold out (10 euros) French Language

As a result of the recent shift in her own work, Shimada is starting to teach her students Advanced Yoga Practices (Deep Meditation) with shodo.  Together with Nathalie Ishizuka they wish to make deep meditation and shodo available to those in Japan who practice traditional arts and those abroad.

SHODO & MEDITATION


EXPLORING MEDITATION AND SHODO TO GO BEYOND OUR BEST TOGETHER

Saiso Shimada Zen and Qigong (Kikou)

As far as Zen is concerned, from what I understood (my Japanese is very basic) Saiso Shimada learned Zen from a Jesuit — from a school founded by Hugo Enomiya-Lassale.

Zen Center

According to some articles, the founder of the place Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle was present and suffered from the Hiroshima atomic bomb in WWII.  After that, he engaged himself in a mission of peace and built a Catholic church “Memorial Cathedral for World Peace” in Hiroshima.

He became later known as a first person who introduced meditation to many Catholics.  Enomiya-Lassalle first built a center for meditation in “Shinmeikutsu” Hiroshima and now as I understand it, it has moved to Tokyo. Due to many notable achievements,  Enomiya-Lassalle became an honorary citizen of Hiroshima.

Practicing in Zen Center

 

JAPANESE

五日市駅からバスで一時間 の山の中に 「 神冥窟 」があり、そこに、 書道 と 禅 の練習をするために、 毎月 一回 、 15年 行っていました。  (  30年以上前になります )

そこは、ドイツ人の神父様 ( 日本名  愛宮牧備  ) が建てられた 禅道場でした。

愛宮神父様は、広島で 原爆に遭い、 後に 日本をもっと理解する為に 禅を 学び、 禅に深く共鳴されて、 禅を世界中に広める ことを熱心に行動されて居られました。

山の中の 禅道場は、時計もなく 、 十字架と共存した場所で、食事 も、 歩行も、 全て禅の修行であり、現代の人間社会とは別の特別な、異る空間でした。

何もない、広い場所で 、唯自分の心と向き合う数日間は、汚れた心を洗い流して、再生の場所でした。

Press for More Info on the Founder Enomiya-Lassalle of “Shinemeikutsu” a Zen Practice

 

SHIMADA PRACTICES TODAY RAJA YOGA (SAMYAMA) AND ALSO DEEP MEDITATION IN A VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM WITH NATHALIE ISHIZUKA

For the last two and half years, Saiso Shimada in Tokyo, along with Nathalie Ishizuka in Singapore, and a formidable raja yoga teacher in Europe (prefers to remain unknown), practices together samyama (stillness in action) co-ordinating their meditations with skype.  Due to this regular practice together Shimada has seen according to her own assessment and her fans, a shift in her work.

ABOUT VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM

Most recently, a book has been published this Fall 2018 celebrating Shimada’s new art in the book of the Philosopher and Poet, Dr. Paul Briot.  This book contains 6 original works of Saiso Shimada and original music created for each of these six works by a very famous musician Nakamura Masaki who fell in love with her paintings and meditated on the text of Dr. Paul Briot’s work Le Rayonnant.

Paul Briot Le Rayonnant, un art vers l'infini

Each of those original songs by Masaki Nakamura for Shimada’s paintings were created in meditation with Nathalie Ishizuka and Saiso Shimada.  They are accessible in a revolutionary new book edition, containing access to the works through your mobile (audio, visual and text) & QR codes written behind each painting.  To get this rare digital audio beautifully designed book you must order the book directly from the Editor as it is a limited edition.  The beautiful colored edition is rare and the paintings are in color.

PRESS HERE TO Order your edition of this Rare Edition before it is sold out (10 euros) French Language

As a result of the recent shift in her own work, Shimada is starting to teach her students Advanced Yoga Practices (Deep Meditation) with shodo.  Together with Nathalie Ishizuka they wish to make deep meditation and shodo available to those in Japan who practice traditional arts and those abroad.

SHODO AND MEDITATION A DAILY PRACTICE

To assist others in their pursuit of meditation and or shodo, Nathalie is making available a 10 minute meditation followed by a 5 Minute shodo Activity and 5 minute Rest Period with eyes closed (seated or lying down).  Should you be able to do this daily, both your meditation and shodo will improve.  The Total Practice is 20 minutes a day.

To develop a community we suggest that you use insight timer and in time a community may develop where our meditations and art together change both us and create greater beauty inside and outside Japan.


LESSON PLAN FOR SHODO AND MEDITATION PRACTICE:


Step 1: Create an intent.  For example, you could dedicate your 15 minute Practice to Greater Inner Silence and Joy within yourself and all others.


Step 2: Listen or Read the Directions for the Deep Meditation (Advanced Yoga Practices by Yogani) in Japanese, English or your language of choice


ENGLISH DIRECTIONS DEEP MEDITATION (AYP)  (www.advancedyogapractices.com)

“Once you have gotten comfortable, slowly close your eyes.
You will notice thoughts, streams of thoughts. That is fine. Just observe them without minding them.
After about a minute, gently introduce the thought  … I AM … and begin to repeat it easily and effortlessly in your mind. If your mind wanders off into other thoughts, you will eventually realize this has happened. Don’t be concerned about it. It is natural.
When you realize you are not repeating the mantra, gently go back to it.This is all you have to do.
Easily repeat the mantra silently inside.
When you realize you are not thinking it, then easily come back to it. The goal is not to stay on it. The goal is to follow the simple procedure of thinking the mantra, losing it, and coming back to it when you find you have lost it.  Do not resist if the mantra tends to become less distinct. Thinking the mantra does not have to be with clear pronunciation.
I AM can be experienced at many levels in your mind and nervous system. When you come back to it, come back to a level that is comfortable, not straining for either a clear or fuzzy pronunciation.”
Do this procedure for twenty minutes, and then, with your eyes closed, take a few minutes to rest before you get up.

JAPANESE DIRECTIONS (ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES) AYP DEEP MEDITATION
座るポーズを決めたら、ゆっくりと目を閉じてください。
色々な考えが浮かんでくることに気づきますが、大丈夫です。
まずはその浮かんでくる考えを嫌がらず、ただ観察してあげてください。
約1分後、”AYAM”というマントラを心の中で優しく力を入れず繰り返してください。
時に他の考えに気を取られ、そのことに気づくことがあります。
ですが、それは自然なことなので気にすることではありません。
マントラを唱えていないことに気づいた時には、楽にマントラに戻ってください。
あなたがすべきことはこれだけです。
マントラを楽に静かに体の内側で繰り返してください。
もう一度言いますが、マントラを唱えていないことに気づいた時には、また戻ってください。
目標は、マントラを唱え続けることではありません。
目標は、マントラを唱え、見失ったらまた戻る、というシンプルな手順に従うことです。
マントラがはっきりしとしなくなったとしても、それに抵抗しないでください。
マントラは、はっきりとした発音である必要はありません。
”AYAM”は、あなたの心と神経の中の多くのレベルで感じることができます。
マントラに戻る時は、はっきりした発音やはっきりとしない発音のどちらでもなく、心地の良いレベルに戻ってください。
この瞑想を20分間実施し、その後数分間起き上がる前に目を閉じて仰向けで休みます。
NaoJapanese text translation made available thanks to Naohiro Hayashi (Certified Teacher of Advanced  Yoga Practices)

AUDIO VERSION JAPANESE DEEP MEDITATION (ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES BY YOGANI):

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Japanese Audio translation made available thanks to Naohiro Hayashi (Certified Teacher of Advanced Yoga Practices)

Step 2: Set a timer (insight timer app is recemended) for 10 minutes.  Repeat the “AYAM” mantra “I AM” according to the instructions with eyes closed for 10 minutes.


Step 3: At the end of the 10 minutes, set the timer for a 5 minute rest (eyes closed seated or lying down) without using the mantra from the meditation.  Rest.  Sleep is good too.


Step 4: Play the 5 Minute video by Saiso Shimada and work along with her with a brush.  If you don’t have ink, just hold the brush and do the movements.

SAISO SHIMADA SHODO LESSONS IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Lesson 1: Saiso Shimada Video an Introduction to Shodo (approximately 5 minutes)

Lesson 2:

Lesson 3:

Lesson 4:

ADDITIONAL 5 MINUTE LESSONS WILL BE POSTED HERE BOOK MARK PAGE


Step 5: Restate your Intent and celebrate it in your heart.  Gratitude for this moment.  Celebrate your moment of quiet, inner silence, joy or beauty.

Note:  If you enjoy this moment of calm, you can do it for 15 minutes in the evening.

Ideally, meditaiton when done twice a day begins to change our nervous system (every 5 or so hours our nervous system returns to its original state so meditating twice a day creates far greater benefits and is easier).


FULL DIRECTIONS FOR THE DEEP MEDITATION (ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES) BY YOGANI ON WWW.ADVANCEDYOGAPRACTICES.COM

We suggest the 10 minute meditation for beginners and for those who wish to go further to work up to 20 minutes of meditation.  Do not do more than 20 minutes at a time as it is a very strong meditation.

For those interested in more information on this meditation and how to best practice it we highly suggest that you read Deep Meditation by Yogani.

Make sure you rest after the meditation as the benefits of the practice are often found in the rest period.  Should you not be resting enough, you may become irritable during the day, so make sure you self pace and listen to your body.  You should be feeling calm and more energized during the day — if not make your rest period a little longer.

BOOK FORMAT FOR DEEP MEDITATION (KINDLE, AMAZON)


 

VIDEO DESCRIPTION TRAILER OF DEEP MEDITATION: PATHWAY TO PERSONAL FREEDOM BY YOGANI


SHODO IN PRACTICE:   UPCOMING EXHIBIT BY SAISO SHIMADA GINZA, TOKYO, JAPAN NOVEMBER 2018

DATE:  November 21~25th 2018
Ginza 6-9-9 Ginza Kanematu  5TH floor
TIME: 11:00am~ 19:00pm,  NOVEMBER 25th -17:00

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ABOUT SAISO SHIMADA AND THE VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM

Saiso Shimada is on full scholarship for the Visionary Leader Program from Beyond Our Best fully supported by the work of Nathalie Ishizuka.  Donations that pay for Yoga Classes by Nathalie Ishizuka or other are meant to help support continued work, training and travel to Japan by Nathalie and to make this visionary work continue.

THE VISIONARY LEADER I, II.   Enrollment Visionary Leader Closed.  Get on the Wait List. Donate a full scholarship for future Candidates.

Visionary Leader I , II   A one year mastery program to change oneself creating the foundation to go beyond one’s best in one’s field or expertise, this includes a 1 Full Day VIP day Singapore + weekly hour session skype over 9 months.  To explore going beyond one’s best  an ambitious project must be presented that has an element of service for others.

This program is for geniuses, mavicks, innovators, CEOs and talented leaders of their field who want to contribute something to the world and are eager for the adventure of a lifetime and then some.  You may apply for the program or may be invited.  A service to others is a necessary pre-requisite for approval.

Can re-apply to continue program for a second year.

Nakamura, Masaki, Ohayashi Project


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