with Lisa Stanley
Ikebana, the traditional Japanese Way of Arranging Flowers, has its origins in Shinto and Buddhism, where arrangements were made as shrine offerings. Kalapa Ikebana was initiated by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche to promote the study and practice of ikebana as a contemplative meditation practice. As a Shambhala Art form, ikebana is a genuine expression of the sacredness of the world which arises from non-aggression and profound appreciation. Working with mindfulness practices, we quiet the mind in order to perceive the world with clarity. This allows us to experience and express that sacredness - joining "Heaven, Earth and Man".
The program will include short periods of meditation and dharma art contemplations; instruction in Ikebana in the morning and afternoon; viewing of group arrangements; setup and clean up.
Open to ALL Levels (continuing students will proceed with more advanced lessons).
Flower and Branch Materials are included in the program cost.
Equipment will be available to borrow from the Center; participants will need to bring a pair of Japanese clippers or garden hand shears.
Lisa Stanley was introduced to the practice of ikebana as an assistant to Chögyam Trungpa for his 1981 "Dharma Art" installation in San Francisco. Since that time she has trained with Sogetsu Ikebana teachers in the United States and Japan, and is a certified Sogetsu teacher. Ms. Stanley has also been a practicing artist and fine arts teacher for over 30 years, and is a Senior Teacher of the Shambhala Art program which she helped to develop.