Frederick Franck’s classic l work on drawing as a spiritual discipline is as fresh today as when it was first written. This paperback’s evergreen quality has to . Zen of Seeing has ratings and 69 reviews. Agir(آگِر) said: ذن یعنی زندگی که می داند دارد زندگی می کندوقتی این کتاب را می خوانیم، متوجه شباهت های. 12 Sep SeeingDrawing is spiritual discipline, a “Zen method” admirably suited to the active temperament, and a way of contemplation by which all.

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Maybe it won’t teach you how to draw well, but you’ll definitely see things differently.

What are we looking at instead? Frederick Sigfred Franck was a painter, sculptor, and author of more than 30 books on Buddhism and other subjects who was known for his interest in human spirituality. One of my cherished books except that I don’t know where to find it!

You’re interacting with nothing which is real; you are creating nothing; you have lost all deliberateness, as you sit there amused pretty much like an idiot. They invite the reader to slow down and to see the world with open eyes, to see human vulnerability in people, and to become one with the thing you’re drawing.

Suddenly there is the miracle of sen really alive with all the senses functioning:.

Jan 11, Rita rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: BTW, I didnt get to finish the book because I fainted do Honestly, I only read various parts of this book in the back room, waiting to be called out and model for a life drawing class at Mendocino College. I am not a “spiritual” person.

I freverick never been able to draw, but it’s amazing what happens when you draw every day and read lots of books and watch youtube videos Now open your eyes and focus on whatever you observed before — that plant or leaf or dandelion.


Then of course, since it is an art book at least half of the volume is taken up with some very startling ink wash and line drawings.

Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation

It is not just a book about seeing and drawing, it is a book about truly living. Teaches how to look at things and to draw reflectively. This way of seeing is the opposite extreme from the momentary point-and-click experience of most travel photography.

They pick and choose which of his teachings to admire, and paint him as a model Buddhist. I had read one other book by Franck. Just spending time in nature with the eyes of an artist, really seeing rather zenn just looking, may be enough.

We forget we have eyes at all. Intermixed with his own illustrations, it sets a tone of converstaion rather than lecture.

Zen of Seeing

The point is to concentrate fully on the object, person, or scene, and try to draw it accurately and experience its essence. Jul 07, Linden rated it liked it Recommended to Linden by: It redefines the basic concepts of drawing as I had known them all my life. I love the format of fredeirck book. Inspired by Your Browsing History. We ought to all be reminded more of what he’s basically saying: Thinking about this book always makes me want to go find a copy and refresh my knowledge of it and, er, well, draw something!

Having done both, I definitely feel the link between the two.

Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck

To ask other readers questions about Zen of Seeingplease sign up. It is a wonderful book. See 2 questions about Zen of Seeing…. Ok, that was about it, so far cratively over here, but my children really dug on all those supplies. But also offers many insights into what we’d currently call “the zone”, and tie-ins with self-actualisation or enlightenment. Mentions two of my favorite concepts: But every creator will have a different call inside of them Seems pretentious in many places, sneering at commercial or interpretive art.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Please try again later. Honestly, I only read various parts of this book in the back room, waiting to be called out and model for a life drawing class at Mendocino College. Look it in the eye, until you feel it looking back at you.

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Though there are a few good hints. And the rewards are enormous.

We do not notice that there are probably ten thousand tiny little items around us. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Religion Art Personal Frederuck. His handwriting of the text is an intriquing aspect of the book. May 11, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it really liked it Shelves: Near the end, the narrative slips away from its judging tone and offers a perspective on why photography is dismissed by the author, and in that slip a window is revealed into how anyone could use any medium to tap into this experience.