Calligraphy in Asian countries has roots in ancient meditation practices and reveals the principles of harmony, balance, and emptiness characteristic of Buddhism and Taoism. An artist practicing calligraphy strives to liberate themselves from personal biases and achieve unity with the written form.
Calligraphy in Asia also holds symbolic meaning. Each gesture, line, stroke, or brushwork is an expression of the artist's soul and their ability to bring harmony into the created work. Words and their forms carry special significance and often reflect the teachings and wisdom of philosophy with religious and ethical connotations.