The Zen circle, ensō is a symbol of Śūnyatā (pronounced shunyata) – emptiness.
The Full Circle logo is a calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi entitled “Miracles of Each Moment” purchased at the Berlin Dojo “Aikido Gleisdreieck” (http://www.aikido-dojo-gleisdreieck.de/).
Proceeds from the sale of calligraphy and paintings by Kazuaki Tanahashi go to his work for peace and the environment. You can read more at: http://www.brushmind.net
Affectionately known as “Kaz”, Kazuaki is also the founding director of the not-for profit organization: “A World Without Armies”: http://www.aworldwithoutarmies.org/
Formal definition of Shunyata and Ensō:
Śūnyatā, शून्यता (Sanskrit meaning “Emptiness” or “Voidness”), is an important Buddhist teaching which claims that nothing possesses essential, enduring identity because everything is interconnected in a chain of co-becoming and in a state of constant flux. In various schools of Buddhism, Śūnyatā is a key concept used to express that everything one encounters in life is empty of absolute identity, permanence, or an in-dwelling ‘self’ because everything is inter-related and mutually dependent—never wholly self-sufficient or independent. (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Sunyata)
In Zen Buddhism, an ensō (円相 , “circle” ?) is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensō)
How I received this painting has a story:
I was in Berlin, and had a very strong cold. I had a meeting, but I went anyway. That same day, I had been invited to the opening of an art exhibition by the renowned Japanese calligraphy artist Kazuaki Tanahashi. Knowing that I would not be well enough by the late afternoon, I cancelled. After the meeting, to make sure, I cancelled again, feeling very badly and wanting nothing else than to be in bed. My meeting was with a person who was also going to the exhibition, and offered to drop me at the subway station next to the exhibition, which was closer to where I lived. Arriving there, I thought I would just stop by and thank the friend who had invited me, and apologize for not being able to attend. He was late, so I waited. I have always felt a great affinity with Zen Buddhism and especially calligraphy, so it was a pleasure to see the magnificent works by this great master calligrapher. My friend was still late, so I sat down in the dojo (centre for meditation and martial arts) where the exhibition was being held. Without noticing at all, initially, I began to feel better. I was perhaps so enthralled by the works of art I forgot I had a cold at all. Needless to say, I stayed until well after the exhibition. When I left, my cold was not only completely gone, I was feeling very energetic, even euphoric.
Some weeks later, the friend who had been late (thankfully very late) visited me in Spain. As a gift he brought me the painting which I am privileged to use as the logo for Full Circle.