Zhu Xi - Thatched hut hand scroll
Type of Spiritual Experience
Zhu Xi learnt calligraphy from a very early age from his father and a number of great calligraphers of the time.
At first he learned the style of Cao Cao, but later specialized in the regular script of Zhong Yao and the running cursive script of Yan Zhenqing.
Generally speaking his calligraphy work has been overshadowed by his reknown in other areas and it has not helped that the manuscripts left to the world are piecemeal and incomplete, and most of his works are lost. What has been saved, however, indicates that he was skillful in both running and cursive scripts, especially in large characters.
His authentic manuscripts have been collected by the Nanjing Museum, Beijing Palace Museum, Liaoning Province Museum, Taipei Palace Museum and the National Museum of Tokyo, Japan. Some pieces are in private collections in China and overseas. The Thatched Hut Hand Scroll, one of Zhu Xi's masterpieces in running-cursive script, is in an overseas private collection.
A description of the experience
The Thatched Hut Hand Scroll contains three separate parts:
- 102 characters by Zhu Xi in running cursive scripts
- The postscripts by Wen Tianxiang (1236～1283) of Song dynasty, Fang Xiaoru (1375～1402), Zhu Yunming (1460–1526), Tang Yin (1470～1523) and Hai Rui (1514～1587) of the Ming dynasty.
The source of the experienceZhu Xi
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsContemplation and detachment
Reducing and controlling emotions
Squash the big I am
Suppression of learning