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Sokuzan and Don

Pǎo Shan (Don Woodward) is a Scottish-born, Australian visual artist who moved to the United States in 2000.  In 2020, he became a full-time resident at the SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery, in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he practices Soto Zen Buddhism, and is a student of Kyoun Sokuzan, a fully-transmitted Priest in the Soto Zen Buddhism Lineage.  He received formal precepts (and his Dharma name), on December 1, 2021.

After studying art in high school, Pǎo Shan began painting Chinese and Japanese scenes using house acrylic paints on boards when he was 17. His university studies in Australia include degrees from the Queensland University of Technology, and The University of Queensland, in Education and Music Composition and History.  He did not start publicly showing his artistic works in the United States until 2018.

 

Pǎo Shan has traveled numerous times to Japan over the past 35 years, and has visited many Buddhist Temples and Monasteries in Australia and Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Yamagata. 

 

His work is eclectic, and includes elemental art incorporating locally foraged materials, floral acrylic paintings, and Steampunk creations. 

 

His most recent works are abstract and calligraphy pieces utilizing hand-ground Sumi Ink, brushed on hand-made Japanese heritage Washi paper.

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