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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Meditative Flower Arranging Class

Jul 31, 2012 08:03AM

The San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center is offering “Kado: Way of the Flowers,” an ikebana (flower-arranging) class with senior teacher, Marcia Wang Shibata, on August 17-19.

Kado is a meditative practice based on the Shambhala teachings of compassion and fearlessness. Ms. Shibata will demonstrate classical arrangement and students will have opportunity to practice during the weekend. Class size is limited to 15 participants to ensure ample time for individual, personalized instruction.

Students will have the opportunity to practice basic classical flower arrangement during the weekend training and receive guidance from Ms. Shibata. The practice includes observing where one's arrangement is not in balance with the main structure, its details and environment.

“The way of the flowers is no different than the Way of Humanity, as we are under the same universal laws as is all life,” explains Shibata. “Therefore Kado is, at the same time, a study of ourselves as well as a study of nature.”

Ms. Shibata was introduced to the study and practice of ikebana and Buddhism by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche an ikebana Master of the Sogetsu School in 1974.

The San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center is a nonprofit organization located in North Park.


Location:  3139 University Ave., San Diego. For more information, call 619-692-2148 or visit SanDiego.Shambhala.org.

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