2016 / Zen temple commissions contemporary artist to draw “Nehanzu” (The Death of the Buddha):The ceremony to take place, Dec 4

A work by Wakana Kimura (detail)

A work by Wakana Kimura (detail)

Jodo-e (成道会) at the Zenshuji Soto Mission:The paper offering ceremony for the Nehan-zu (涅槃図) project of Wakana Kimura

Please join us for an offering ceremony of Wakana Kimura’s newly acquired traditional Japanese handmade paper in which Kimura will later be painting the large scale Buddha’s Nirvana scroll, illustrating  the death of the Buddha.

This momentous event will take place on Sunday,  December 4th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.  at the Zenshu-ji Soto mission temple, a 94 year old Zen Buddhist temple in Art District of Los Angeles.

In conjunction with this offering ceremony , the ritual shooting of the arrow,  will be performed by Hirokazu Kosaka and the Los Angeles Kyudo Kai (Archery group) who are celebrating their 100th year in Los Angeles.

Artist Wakana Kimura was born in Japan and graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with BFA major in oil painting.  In 2007 , she moved to the United States and graduated from the Otis College of Arts and Design, Los Angeles with MFA in 2011.

Recently, her art  exhibition was held at the Pomona College Museum of Art with large publication and solo exhibition at the LA Art Core in California. In 2012, her solo exhibition was held in the museum of Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. She has exhibited throughout Japan and the United States.

Hiromi Katayama from Hiromi Paper Inc., has generously  donated this beautifully crafted Washi (traditional handmade Japanese paper) made in Kochi prefecture, Japan.

This paper (96” X 108”) was made by the late Mr. Ozaki, a highly skilled maker of Kochi Mashi, considered one of the largest papers in Japan. Kochi Mashi was his last creation of his 70 years career as a washi craftsman.

This will be the first ever in the United States for a project this large scale to be painted by a female artist and will be an opportunity to explore the union of traditional materials (paper) and imagery (the iconography of the Buddha’s death scene) with contemporary painting techniques and a global approach to Buddhist teachings.

Jodo-e(成道会): Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it.

What: Jodo-e (成道会) at the Zenshuji Soto Mission:The paper offering ceremony for the Nehan-zu (涅槃図) project of Wakana Kimura

Time : Sunday, December 4th, at 11:00 am

Where: Zenshuji Soto Mission (http://www.zenshuji.org/)  123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact for Wakana Kimura, email info@wakanakimura.com