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Calligraphic Rendering of Heart Sutra


Berkeley, California (December 10, 2008) – Stone Bridge Press announces publication of The Heart Sutra in Calligraphy: A Visual Appreciation of the Perfection of Wisdom by Nadja Van Ghelue, published on November 15, 2008. To look at specifics of the book please visit This book is a beautiful example of art in itself, with an embossed soft cover and measuring 7x11 inches (17.5 x 27.5 cm). It is formatted utilizing high quality papers, evocative in the reader’s hands of the contemplative possibilities. All of the 276 characters of the heart sutra are brushed in two-color calligraphies. The author presents an English translation for the student as well as a discussion of the development and spirituality of Eastern calligraphy.

This volume interprets the Heart Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom for the serious student of Eastern art as well as the aspiring bodhisattva. Ms Van Ghelue, both author and artist, describes that her original calling was art. Initially she developed a skill for expression through interplaying lines, and this progressed to awareness through Japanese calligraphy. Her studies continued as she gained an appreciation for nature, concentrating on river and mountain, and the potential for energy and enlightenment. With daily meditation, she became able to focus her artwork toward the spiritual rendering of traditional Zen and Taoism. With this book she creates a gateway for serious novices as well as a demonstration of the ancient seal script for the advanced theorist. Ms Van Ghelue shows those who seek the Perfection of Wisdom to utilize Japanese calligraphy for their reflection on the heart sutra.

For additional information visit to view Nadja Van Ghelue’s online Shodo Art Gallery or her many fine examples of Japanese calligraphy. She also offers detailed information on “the calligraphy brush and its choreography with rice paper” and how the intent student can begin his own work. This beautiful, inspirational book is available through a link on this website for the purchase price of only $15.56 ($US).


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