Zen Mountain Center Benefit Exhibition Poster (circa 1966)
A circa 1966 poster for a benefit for the Zen Mountain Center of San Francisco. The Center was raising funds to purchase "deep mountain" land near Big Sur, California. The benefit was a sale of paintings, photographs, sculpture and ceramics by a who's who list of of SF and California artists including Bruce Conner, Sister Corita Kent, Bruce Nauman, Jess, William Wiley, Robert Indiana, and others. With a Japanese "enso" circle as the central image. Calligraphy (enso) by Shunry Suzuki with poster design by Mike Dixon.
The benefit appears to have been as success as a 126-acre mountain property surrounding the Tassajara Hot Springs was purchased by the San Francisco Zen Center in 1967 to create the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the oldest Japanese Buddhist S t Zen monastery in the United States. It is on the border of the Ventana Wilderness and within the Los Padres National Forest, located near Carmel and Big Sur, California - still in operation today. Item #1536.
Condition: Very Good, folded as issued; additional triangular creasing emanating from folds near left and right edges.