The term Chan or Channa is a chinese transliteration of the sanskrit Dhyana (contemplation), a Mahayana Buddhist school imported from India by Bodhidharma in the VII° c. Blending with the local culture, it incorporated Taoists and Confusianists views and practices to become a fully chinese spiritual path. Also referred to as the Mind School, Chan inspired a monochromatic spiritual pictural trend practised by the Chan monks which became what is generally called ‘Chan painting’. But this art never became a school as such nor could it be defined by a specific style but has remained an inspiration for painters till present days. Using the landscape painting techniques (shanshui) of the litterati, it had its apogee under the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) before spreading to Japan (13th) as Sumi-e as it is still known today, the difference being that the litterati approach has remained more cultural – intellectual and symbolic – while Chan painting is more intuitive and contemplative. Read more…
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