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Zen in the Art of Flower Arrangement: The Classic Account of the Meaning and Symbolism of the Japanese Art of Ikebana

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Japanese masters have developed the techniques of ikebana over centuries and, while many different styles have evolved, they all share the same fundamental principles. The art embodies aesthetic considerations, knowledge of the natural forms of plants, and a profound understanding of the space around them. This book explains these principles by describing the lessons learn ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Souvenir Press (first published January 1st 1970)
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Michael Hitchcock
Nov 14, 2013 Michael Hitchcock rated it really liked it
Herrigel writes so plainly about "the flowers way" you can almost understand how it feels to work with the flowers. You cannot read the book without understanding the humility and receptivity necessary to this undertaking.

I would consider this book somewhat inappropriate for beginners, but it is a beautiful reference book. I cannot stress enough how clear and well organized it is.

In writing this book Herrigel faced the impossible problem faced by all of the non-verbal arts/skills/traditions that
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Joshua
Apr 21, 2013 Joshua added it
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A gift from my brother (they were selling off books from the Tai Sophia library).

I don't think I'll take up Ikebana any time soon, but it gave me some interesting perspectives on teaching. The ikebana teacher presents examples, gently corrects, but allows the student to find his/her own right way without explicit instruction or rules. This is a path to deep understanding.
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Jun 25, 2009 Polina rated it really liked it
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A great short intro into zen and presents its basics beautifully while at the same time attempting to convey what the author believes is impossible to convey in intellectual terms to the westerners. The book also sparked my interest in the art of Japanese flower arrangements and inspired me to follow it's methods of simplicity with my flowers at home.
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Jul 10, 2014 Natasha rated it it was amazing
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A meditation on the process with lessons applicable to other aspects of one's life: creative, working. Worth the time to digest this concise but profound text.
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