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

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 6, 2008
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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.



About Waylon Lewis

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 | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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 […]