In the art of calligraphy, the circle is a brush stroke done in one movement. This circle, called enso is perhaps the most poignant image in Zen training for “coming full circle”, or enlightenment. The stroke is suggestive of flow, …
back enso. love her description of it: These circles are drawn in sumi ink in one fluid movement as a spiritual exercise. Sumi is a style of painting that is considered to be good if the artist used as few brush strokes as possible.
the zen circle (or Ensō) symbolizes: enlightenment, strength, sometimes infinity and imperfection. the meaning why I have it on: because Im just as imperfect as this unfinished circle, and this is how it should be.
The enso is a Buddhist symbol of enlightenment, in Zen art it is a time when the mind is simply free to create. The asymmetrical brush stroke of the enso is reflective of the Zen tradition of embracing the imperfection but continuity of life.