We haven’t enjoyed calligraphy lessons in our usual classrooms since February last year. My present teacher told us her students that we should learn calligraphy copying especially at times like this. However, I just can’t stop myself turning to my first teacher’s calligraphy that has been so familiar to me since my early childhood rather than the classics respected by all the calligraphy learners of all ages and cultures.
For the first time in a while, I practiced copying my teacher’s calligraphy. It seems the phrase means “when hearing the voice of eternal verity, my heart is filled with great pleasure”. However, there is a possibility that he intended to put more Buddhist meaning.
I chose this one to practice copying from a book of collection of my teacher. The note says it is an ancient saying from China meaning “you don’t get tired when you are doing what you love”. I don’t see anything new at all.
My first calligraphy teacher was a kind of person called 文人, that is, someone who enjoys elegance and good taste; and is good at artistic hobbies like calligraphy and painting. And like many other of this kind of people, he loved writing traditional kind of poems and published a book of his poetry collection. Looking into this book for materials of my calligraphy, I only ended up practicing to copy his calligraphy on the cover of the book.