Art: Sudden Enlightenment

Of the many forms of Buddhism, the one best known in the West is Zen. Its guiding principles of inward meditation versus doctrine, of emphasis on the visceral and spontaneous as against the cerebral and structured, of inspiration rather than linear "logic," were seized on by the early beatniks, taken up by many of the young today, and were incorporated into the mystique of America's counterculture. But what kind of art did Zen provoke in China and Japan? In a brilliant show that took a year to assemble, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts...

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