Ensō: Zen Circle

The symbolism of ensō is imbued with Zen philosophical musings.

Sometimes referred to as 'the circle of enlightenment,' Zen monks create this symbol with one breath and one stroke; freeing the mind while allowing the body to create.

Drawing ensō is a spiritual practice pursued by monks as it is thought that only a person who is mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true ensō which embodies the no-mind concept in meditation.

The Taoists have the ying-yang which symbolizes the duality of nature while Zen monks have ensō to serve as a reminder of the concept of 'emptiness.' 

For the layman, contemplating ensō while emptying the mind of life's stresses and demands can be as simple as enjoying your favorite tea from our Zen Circle Cup.