Ikebana Program

with Lisa Stanley

July 26th (2013)

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  • $75.00 Program Price
Room: Shrine Hall
Program Registration is Closed.

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.



The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison encourages program participants to pay what they can afford. People whose financial situation limits their ability to pay may contribute to the extent they are able. No one will be turned away for lack of payment.

Individuals who are not able to pay the full program fee should pre-register for programs online and indicate their request in the "notes" section provided.  It is not necessary to provide an explanation. Individuals may also request that the program coordinator contact them personally.