Developed out of the aesthetic philosophy of cha-no-yu (the tea ceremony) in fifteenth-century Japan, wabi sabi is an aesthetic that finds beauty in things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Taken from the Japanese words wabi, which translates to less is more, and sabi, which means attentive melancholy, wabi sabi refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and a corresponding pleasure in the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. As much a state of mind—an awareness of the things around us and an acceptance of our surroundings—as it is a design style, wabi sabi begs us to appreciate the simple beauty in life—a chipped vase, a quiet rainy day, the impermanence of all things. Presenting itself as an alternative to today's fast-paced, mass-produced, neon-lighted world, wabi sabi reminds us to slow down and take comfort in the simple, natural beauty around us. In addition to presenting the philosophy of wabi-sabi, this book includes how-to design advice—so that a transformation of body, mind, and home can emerge. Chapters include: History: The Development of Wabi Sabi Culture: Wabi Sabi and the Japanese Character Art: Defining Aesthetics Design: Creating Expressions with Wabi Sabi Materials Spirit: The Universal Spirit of Wabi Sabi
The book includes works ranging in date from the Final Jomon period (ca. 1000-300 B.C.E.) to the 20th century. This dazzling range of art reflects the broad, yet nuanced ways that the notion of impermanence manifests itself in the arts of Japan. That the world is constantly in flux is a basic tenant of Japanese philosophy and recognizing the aesthetic or symbolic suggestion of ephemerality is key to the appreciation of much of Japan's artistic production. In Buddhism, which has had a major impact on Japanese culture, the concept of impermanence is closely related to the desire to escape the cycle of rebirth and death through enlightenment. During the Heian period (794-1185), courtiers regularly incorporated allusions to impermanence into literature and other arts. By the sixteenth century, tea masters commonly organized Chanoyu, the Way of Tea, to stimulate participants to tap into feelings of wistfulness associated with the transience of life.
Wabi sabi, the quintessential Japanese design aesthetic, is quickly gaining popularity around the world. Taken from the Japanese words wabi, which translates to less is more, and sabi, which means attentive melancholy, wabi sabi refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and a corresponding pleasure in the things that bear the mark of this impermanence.
Learn How to Enjoy the Beauty of Imperfection and Live a Wabi-Sabi Lifestyle! Do you want to live in harmony with nature? Are you fascinated with the simplicity and beauty of Japanese aesthetics? IF YES, READ ON! THIS BOOK GIVES A MODERN INTERPRETATION OF THE JAPANESE CONCEPT OF WABI-SABI! Wabi-sabi doesn't have a direct translation. But in traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi could be described as finding beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. This concept is derived from Buddhist teachings. It describes a life of simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of nature's ingenuity. Wabi-sabi aesthetic is best represented in the Japanese tea ceremonies. "Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect." In a way, wabi-sabi is a material representation of Buddhism. As such, it can be applied in all life spheres, to help you become more mindful and aware of the present moment. Being surrounded by objects that are changing with time helps us stay grounded. And if we notice some cracks, we're just reminded of impermanence. This book will teach you: The history and concept of wabi-sabi What objects and environments embody wabi-sabi Wabi-sabi as a way of life How to find perfect love using wabi-sabi Daily Inspiration for the soul The art of imperfection and freedom of form Wabi-sabi and the Japanese character 10 steps for achieving a wabi-sabi style Even if you're not Japanese or Buddhist, you can still enjoy the beauty and serenity of a wabi-sabi lifestyle. After all, imperfection and impermanence describe the very nature of our existence. Embracing them as friends will lead to a happier life. Ready to learn about wabi-sabi? Scroll up, Click on 'Buy Now with 1-Click', and Get Your Copy!
Thich Nhat Hanh, the most well-known Zen master in the world, turns his attention to the most important subject of all - the art of living. Stimulating and inspiring, this book teaches us the importance of looking inside ourselves and developing compassion, before we can turn to our relationships at home and in the wider world. Full of remarkable stories and mindful practices for engaging with life, this will be a book to treasure and act upon throughout our lives.
The most comprehensive monograph available on the internationally renowned Belgian floral artist and designer Daniel Ost. His masterful site-specific sculptures redefine the boundaries of art, design, and floral arrangement. Ost has created exquisite installations for royal residences, embassies, temples, international art exhibitions, and the fashion industry. Presents 80 of his most important projects while accompanying essays explore their significance and the inspiration behind them. Lavish photography illustrates each project in this visually inspiring sourcebook for all creative and design professionals. Texts by Dutch author Cees Nooteboom and Japanese architect Kengo Kuma reflect on the impact of Ost’s career.
Carl Olson is Professor of Religious Studies at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. His previous books include The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison: A Cross-Cultural Encounter and The Theology and Philosophy of Eliade: A Search for the Centre.
Everyone can draw. And everyone can be mindful. Mindfulness & the Art of Drawing is an engaging and enlightening insight into why the everyday process of setting pencil to paper is a meditative act by its innate nature. An enjoyable and discursive text offers an absorbing read and is accompanied by exercises that offer the reader practical experience in drawing mindfully. A lively, surprising and inspirational creative journey.
"Power is good for one thing only: to increase our happiness and the happiness of others. Being peaceful and happy is the most important thing in our lives and yet most of the time we suffer, we run after our cravings, we look to the past or the future for our happiness." Turning our conventional understanding of power on its head, world-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and national bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how true power comes from within. What we seek, we already have. Whether we want it or not, power remains one of the central issues in all of our lives. Every day, each of us exercises power in many ways, and our every act subtly affects the world we live in. This struggle for control and authority permeates every aspect of our private and public lives, preventing us from attaining true happiness. The me-first mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into our decisions and choices. Our bottom-line approach to getting ahead may be most visible in the business world, but the stress, fear, and anxiety it causes are being felt by people in all walks of life. With colorful anecdotes, precise language, and concrete practices, Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how the current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary. The Art of Power boldly challenges our assumptions and teaches each of us how to access the true power that is within our grasp.
What does it mean that we are constantly changing? How do people confront ideas like death and change? Asked to contribute to an exhibit celebrating the work of the Dalai Lama, multimedia artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge interviewed over a hundred people about impermanence and change in their lives. Their subjects ranged from philosophers, gardeners, economists, spiritual leaders, doctors, and patients. The result was incredibly moving. The Hodges's installation consisted of a large circular arrangement of mounted iPods on which the interviews played simultaneously, each on its own screen. Now this unique record has been made available for a wider audience; it includes both a book and a DVD so that the interviews can be viewed as they were seen in the original exhibit. Though impermanence is a central Buddhist concept, it's also a universal concern. We all grow up, change, and eventually pass into another state. Impermanence: Embracing Change provides a range of voices both profound and heartwarming that address these questions.
Over 125 poetic companions, from Basho to Billy Collins, Saigyo to Shakespeare. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy received the Spirituality & Practice Book Award for 50 Best Spiritual Books in 2017 by Spirituality and Practice Website. The poems expertly gathered here offer all that one might hope for in spiritual companionship: wisdom, compassion, peacefulness, good humor, and the ability to both absorb and express the deepest human emotions of grief and joy. The book includes a short essay on “Mindful Reading” and a meditation on sound from editor John Brehm—helping readers approach the poems from an experiential, non-analytical perspective and enter into the mindful reading of poetry as a kind of meditation. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy offers a wide-ranging collection of 129 ancient and modern poems unlike any other anthology on bookshelves today. It uniquely places Buddhist poets like Han Shan, Tu Fu, Saigyo, Ryokan, Basho, Issa, and others alongside modern Western poets one would not expect to find in such a collection—poets like Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, William Stafford, Denise Levertov, Jack Gilbert, Ellen Bass, Billy Collins, and more. What these poems have in common, no matter whether they are explicitly Buddhist, is that all reflect the essential truths the Buddha articulated 2,500 years ago. The book provides an important poetic complement to the many prose books on mindfulness practice—the poems here both reflect and embody the dharma in ways that can’t be matched by other modes of writing. It’s unique features include an introduction that discusses the themes of impermanence, mindfulness, and joy and explores the relationship between them. Biographical notes place the poets in historical context and offer quotes and anecdotes to help readers learn about the poets’ lives.
"In The Art of Mindful Birdwatching, Claire Thompson elegantly weaves a narrative full of her own delightfully documented encounters with birds in amongst sage guidance on using mindfulness to help readers become deeply aware of the present moment. Following Claire's clearly described exercises has the potential to lead one from mere identification to making deeply insightful observations into the life of birds." - British Trust of Ornithology Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson of BirdLife International invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity of the avian world. Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of nature’s songsters? Birds can do wonders for our hearts and minds - if we simply pay them attention. With The Art of Mindful Birdwatching, Claire Thompson reveals how the practice of mindfulness enriches our birdwatching experiences - and explores how birds are, in turn, the ideal inspiration for the practice of mindfulness. To Claire, bird flight is a symbol of freedom to soar through life without constraint, and mindfulness similarly enables us to invite freedom and happiness into our own lives.
What happens when you pluck a family from a Welsh hillside and transplant them to a French field? How do you renovate a derelict pig shed pas de finance? Lessons in Impermanence is an exploration of experimental living. Jettisoning the 9 to 5, Jane Parry documents the Breton country year in a journal, facing up to the many challenges involved when you opt to live 'close to nature'. These challenges encompass the physical and psychical, material and emotional. Mousetraps, schooling, the French tax system, yoga, riverflows and mandalas all provide scope for new experiences. A candid account of rural Breton living, Lessons in Impermanence reveals the development of a very personal philosophy, as Jane and her family embrace the difficulties and triumphs of their alternative lifestyle with wit and humour.
Arranged chronologically, the essays in this book--each brilliantly introduced by the editor--deal with the way art and culture interact in modern times. Each author focuses on one aspect of modern art and its relation to culture by analyzing, questioning or refuting the ideas about art that people just assume are true. The essays are also grouped into one of four different models used by art theorists today: the formalist (in which the works of art describe the processes of making art), the avant-garde (art that threatens the status quo), the contextualist (in which art can exist only in a specific situation or context), and the post-modernist (stating that art is not completely detached from popular culture). Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
The Public World / Syntactically Impermanence is a brilliant consideration of the strategies of poetry, and the similarities between early Zen thought and some American avant-garde writings that counter the "language of determinateness," or conventions of perception. The theme of the essays is poetic language which critiques itself, recognizing its own conceptual formations of private and social, the form or syntax of the language being "syntactically impermanence." Whether writing reflexively on her own poetry or looking closely at the writing of her peers, Leslie Scalapino makes us aware of the split between commentary (discourse and interpretation) and interior experience. The "poetry" in the collection is both commentary and interior experience at once. She argues that poetry is perhaps most deeply political when it is an expression that is not recognized or readily comprehensible as discourse.
You Are About To Learn How To Get In Touch With Wabi-Sabi, The Japanese Secret Philosophy, To Change Your Outlook Towards Life, For Good! A cracked pot is smeared with gold dusted lacquer to show the beauty of its age and damage instead of hiding it... The cracks in an old teacup are seen as assets, not flaws... These are just two examples representing the reflective Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, which is the art of finding beauty in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. You know very well how the western world is obsessed with perfection- no wonder we're generally never contented, never settled, and by and large, never happy. Wabi-sabi gives us a different kind of view, a totally different form of mindset from our material-based lifestyles. It shows us how to appreciate all that is simple, modest and imperfect. It also demonstrates to us the true meaning of authenticity. There are many ways of viewing and understanding this concept, just as there are to adopting it, and chances are, you've been desiring to learn more about Wabi Sabi, and even apply it in your life. If that's the case, you're in good hands. This book is here to take you through on a journey of discovery to have a deeper insight into this treasured concept right from the basics to its application in different contexts such as love, programming, photography, ceramics, art and poetry. So if questions like... How do you develop the mindset to see beauty in imperfection? How can you adopt Wabi-Sabi in different parts of your life? What sort of benefits can you expect from Wabi Sabi? And many others are going through your mind, this is your book so keep reading! More precisely, here's what you'll learn: The basics of Wabi-Sabi, including what it is, what it entails, how it works, how it came about and how it has evolved over the years The ins and outs of Wabi-Sabi, the art of imperfection The place of Wabi-Sabi in our modern life Culture of Wabi-Sabi during the past and today Wabi-Sabi as an art in transition How to incorporate Wabi-Sabi in art, poetry, ceramics, design, floral arrangements, the environment, agile programming, resilience, photography, love and in other facets of your life Physical and metaphysical properties of Wabi-Sabi The universal spirit of Wabi-Sabi ...And so much more! Even if you've never heard about Wabi-Sabi before, this book's beginner friendly approach will enable you to understand it inside out and be able to apply it in your everyday life. So whether you're here to learn about Wabi-Sabi and take delight in the knowledge, or you want to change your attitude towards life and find happiness, this book is here for you. Scroll up and click Buy Now with 1-Click or Buy Now to get started!