Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging, a Contemplative Art or Meditation-in-Action.

Via on Sep 6, 2008

Growing up in Boulder, I attended a Buddhist-inspired private school. Extracuricular activities included meditation, kyudo and ikebana (the Japanese art of flowering arranging/meditation-in-action). It’s a wonderful, enriching practice that succeeds in informing one’s understanding of decoration and the play between space and form. For more, click here.


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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom


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5 Responses to “Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging, a Contemplative Art or Meditation-in-Action.”

  1. [...] cap, was the pad from which the leaves sprang into shapely green action. Five leaves in perfect ikebana ‘living flower’ [...]

  2. [...] training! Mindfulness meditation practice? Too obvious. Mindful dining? Booooring. Mindful flower arranging? Old school. Mindful archery? Better, [...]

  3. [...] Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana), space is what makes beauty. The space between the flowers and branches is what allows the eye, [...]

  4. [...] wave after wave of curriculum change). If I could send my future children to Seminary, Alaya, to Ikebana or Kyudo, to Shambhala schools, to Shambhala Training, to video talks by Trungpa Rinpoche to the [...]

  5. [...] laptop or do much of anything except…breath. Sweat. Relax my mind. In Buddhism, they say that space is what allows creativity. A bath is where we restore our problem-solving, innovative self—and where we renew our capacity [...]

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