Zen and Calligraphy

The practice of calligraphy is considered one of the oldest forms of spiritual expression in the East.

CalligrafiaIt represents an art form in all intents, but not so much in the Western sense of the term as an exercise in aesthetic and grace, but as a profound expression of inner balance and harmony.

Calligraphy is a mind, heart and spiritual exercise.

It is not a mere technical act, but sums up the expression of an interior gesture in the conquest of perfection, or more precisely an attempt to harmony, simplicity and perfection.

CalligrafiaThe vacuity of mind is represented through a gesture that is at the same time decisive and delicate, powerful and vital, thoughtful and exuberant.

The preparation to the gesture becomes important as the act itself, with an adequate preparation of breath and a “deep I” that cancels its impediments to receive the multitude and magnitude of sensations in continuous evolution.

In the De Nittis Kung Fu school we practice the deep relation among traditional Taiji quan, Qi qong and zen calligraphy.

The art of Taiji quan and Qi qong prepare to the art of Shujiang (exercise that consists in coping individual characters), or Shufa (expression of creativity and deep intention).

CalligrafiaShifu de Nittis teaches how to translate the art or a state of mind in expression of a process of inner growth, in line with the deepest part of themselves and the world around.

The aim is not to become good calligraphers, but to train your mind to not-self and to achieve a better balance and personal harmony.

“When the Mind is calm and clear like a water mirror, there is no aesthetic or artistic expression, but simply expressive Art.”


Shifu de Nittis