Heaven and Earth Are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism pdf epub fb2

Heaven and Earth Are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism by Joan D. Stamm pdf epub fb2

Heaven and Earth Are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism Author: Joan D. Stamm
Title: Heaven and Earth Are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism
ISBN: 0861715772
ISBN13: 978-0861715770
Other Formats: docx mobi lrf mbr
Pages: 184 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (March 9, 2010)
Language: English
Category: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
Size PDF version: 1390 kb
Size EPUB version: 1750 kb
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies




In this lovely meditation on ikebana - the Japanese art of flower arranging - Joan Stamm shows us how her twin paths of Buddhist practice and artistic endeavor converge and indeed become thoroughly intertwined. Stamm's lush, elegant voice weaves childhood memories of her mother's joy at a just-bloomed morning glory with meditations on the symbolic importance of bamboo, of pine, of the lily. She takes us with her on her travels to Japan as she learns the essential principles of ikebana, and lets us join her as she teaches flower arranging to women in a nursing home who, though they won't recall tomorrow the rules of arrangement or even the flowers' names, nonetheless partake in the joy and love that celebrates all living things, however briefly they endure. And, when Joan shows us the natural symmetry of a blossom, we find that we too have regained our balance. Includes 16 full-color photographs of the author's original ikebana.