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Running Script: Copy and Practice Wang Xizhi's Forward to the Sacred Teaching VCD

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Running Script: Copy and Practice Wang Xizhi's Forward to the Sacred Teaching
- Coping and Practicing Calligraphy of Past Dynasties Series
Instructor: Qin Yonglong
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Published by Beijing Zhonglutongfang Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: VCD
ISBN: 7880106979

Running script is the cursive form of standard script. Originated from late Eastern Han Dynasty; it is less compact than formal script and less cursive than cursive hand. Its obvious peculiarity is non-stop stroke used for finishing a character in one stroke and some strokes could be omitted or simplified but remains the recognizable structures of the characters so as to make the readers or appreciators understand the basic content and then eventually realized the aims of easily writing and straightaway understanding. The running script formed in Wei and Jin Dynasties, flourishing at all times till today. In the period of Eastern Jin Dynasty, Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi‘s achievements in this aspect glorified the running script in their own way and via their own understanding to this style of calligraphy. The most representative works of this script is Preface of Lanting Pavilion by Wang Xizhi in Jin Dynasty. It is reputed by ancient people as "the best running script under heaven" because of its sturdiness and elegance. Some once compared the strength and grandeur delivered by the running script in the works as the scene of dragons jumping over the gate in the heaven and tigers lying in a gorgeous pavilion. Draft Eulogy for My Nephew by Yan Zhenqing in Tang Dynasty is famous for boldness and strength, honored as "the excellent running script only second to that of Wang Xizhi".

Emperor Taizong of Tang (personal name Li Shimin, 599 – 649), the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty of China, loved Wang Xizhi's calligraphy very much and collected as many as Wang's works in his life time. In 648, he wrote the Preface to Xuan Zang's Translation of Sultra, and ordered Monk Huai Ren in Chang'an's Hongfu Temple to inscribe it on the stone tablet, but in the handwriting of Wang Xizhi through selecting characters from the emperor's collection of the calligrapher's works. It is obviously a huge project and hard work. Huai Ren spent 25 years to finish the stone tablet including Prince Li Zhi's Forward, Monk Xuan Zang's Memorial of Thanks and Heart Sutra, that was generally called Sheng Jiao Xu Bei.

"The Tablet of Forward to the Sacred Teaching of Monk Xuan Zang" inscribed by Monk Huai Ren in Chang'an's Hongfu Temple in the handwriting of Wang Xizhi, which is stored at the Museum of Forest of Stone Tablets in Xi'an (the former Shaanxi Provincial Museum). The tablet is known as the "most valuable copybook ".






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