The art of Zen from the Asian collection
Kim Hoa Tram
Awakening 2002 (detail)
Lillian Ernestine Lobb Bequest, 2002.
National Gallery of Victoria

15 May to 24 October 2004
Admission free

This exhibition includes Zen paintings and calligraphies, ceramics, lacquer and a paper robe that explore the Zen Buddhist way of looking at the world.

Zen (Chan in Chinese) originated in China in the 6th century. Zen was revolutionary in that it did not rely on the word, Buddhist scriptures, or Buddhist statues for worship. Zen teaching was to be transmitted from mind to mind, and we can attain enlightenment or awakening to our original nature, when we see the unity of all things.