People often ask about our name and logo. Bardos is a Tibetan word meaning a powerful opportunity for change. The symbol is a stylized version of the Chinese character for center and balance. We believe that when people are armed with good information and some positive motivation that they can turn that into a powerful opportunity for change in their lives. We also believe in the necessity for creating balance in all aspects of our lives and returning to our centers.
The bardos are particularly powerful opportunities for liberation because they are certain moments that are much more powerful than others and much more charged with potential, when whatever you do has a crucial and far reaching effect.
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
The word bardo is a word commonly used to denote the intermediate state between death and rebirth, but in reality bardos are occurring continuously throughout both life and death, and are junctures when the possibility of liberation, or enlightenment, is heightened.
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Here are examples of the Chinese character "zhong" (center, balance) in various calligraphy styles throughout history:
From "3 Kingdoms"
From a 7-word couplet.
Semi-cursive script, ink on paper.
Palace Museum, Taipei
Emperor Song Gaozong
From an Imperial Order to Yue Fei
Standard and semi-cursive scripts on paper
Northern Song Dynasty
Emperor Song Huizong
Oyang Xun / Ouyang Chu
Shi Men Song
Zhang Qian Bei
Dong Gao (1740-1818)
Froma a poem "Spring Coming" made by an Emperor (perhaps Qianlong)
From a stele for Cao Quan Bei. A fragment of a rubbing. (185)
From the ancient "Shell Bone Style" of Chinese calligraphy
From a Mahjong game tile
Mahjong game tiles
Mahjong game tile
A modern printed font.
Zhong in print
From a magazine cover
From a banner
From a flag encouraging Chinese to "Fight for the Motherland."
"China" meaning middle/central country
From a newspaper
Interesting zhong from bamboo and an enso
From a Chinese coin collection
Gia Gu Wen sample (Shell bone style) 2100-1600 B.C.
From Jan Cannon Pottery
From the book cover of Zhong Hua Du Te Liao Fa Da Cheng (A Collection of Chinese Alternative Treatment Methods, Chinese) by Wang Jiyun, Editor-in-Chief, Tang Yi, Liu Qingzhong
This character, from which we gave our "zhong" logo it's distinctive circular shape, is an "enso."
What is "Enso"?
An "enso" is a sumi-e (brushed ink on rice paper) painting of a circle. These simple paintings were popular expressions of spiritual vision and discipline among the Zen monks during Japan's Edo period (18th Century). Zen painting from this time is usually refered to as "Zenga." Bell Labs' Lucent Technologies division has most recently brought the enso to the public eye with their red enso logo.
Where does it come from?
The enso is created when the Zen calligrapher (traditionally a monk) takes a large sumi brush full of ink while meditating on the emptiness of the blank paper. At the decisive "perfect moment," the monk quickly lays out the circle on the page. The circle contains both the perfection of the expressive moment and the imperfections of the ink, page and brush. Outcomes vary from thin, smooth, nearly perfect circles to fat, rough squares, triangles and spirals.
What does it mean?
The dynamic circle of the enso symbolizes many Zen ideas. On the surface, it may represent the full moon, the empty tea cup, the turning wheel, the eye or face of the Buddha or the monk Bodhi Daruma, the dragon chasing its tail, and other poetic visual symbols. On a deeper level, the circle may symbolize the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit. Deeper still is the representation of the circle as the moment of enlightenment (satori), the moment when the mind is free enough to simply let the body or spirit create, the moment when the perfection of the circle is committed to the emptiness of the page, and the moment of the chaos that is creation.
Each enso shows the expressive movement of the spirit in time.
Thanks to Brad Sims for this information on the enso and his permission to use it. To see more ensos and also see his collection of koans and haiku visit aristotle.net/~issa/zenga.htm
The "zhong" character is not constrained by the limits of the box. This represents not only "thinking outside the box" but not being trapped or limited by ways of thinking, acting, feeling or relating that are ineffective. The message then, is that not only can we be free from limiting thinking and beliefs but that we are bigger, stronger and more powerful than these.
"It's all relationships" is a concept that governs the work I do. While my speciality area is in the relationships between couples and parents and children there is more. "It's all relationships" refers to the relationships we have with ourselves internally, with others externally (partner, family, children, friends, co-workers, organizations, etc.) as well as our relationship with the internal/external aspects of our spirituality.
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"Consulting" is different to me than regular therapy or even coaching. Consulting implies I bring my expertise to your expertize and together we collaborate to create more effective, satisfying and exciting outcomes than either of us could have created alone. Also, "consulting" does not carry the stigma that some associate with "therapy." I am not against therapy, but I am against stigmas and anything that blocks people from seeking what they need in their lives. Words do matter.