Kado: Introduction to the Path of Flowers (Westside)

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

August 25th (2012)

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  • $85.00 Program Price
  • $75.00 Patron Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

Pre-registration required by Thursday, August 24th so that the correct number of flowers can be purchased.

Beautiful flower arrangements have come to be expected at SMCLA but few people realize that flower offerings on Buddhist shrines is a tradition that started in ancient India. In Japan, flower arranging became formalized into the Way of Flower or Kado. Kado is a path that incorporates Buddhist principals into the arrangement of flowers. Shambhala founder Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a master of flower arranging in the Sogetsu School. 

Kado goes beyond just learning flower forms. Using classical Ikebana guidelines, Kado teaches us to see clearly the innate wisdom in all nature, in our selves and in others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but to celebrate life, work with obstacles and develop respect for all living things.

“Flower-settings brings high and low into spiritual relationship”

Marcia Shibata, a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is classically trained in the major schools of Ikebana and works with students throughout the world. She is one of the strongest inspirations behind the resurging practice of Kado, the contemplative art of flowers and branches.

Contact: Guy Blume [email protected]

Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented products to the LA Shambhala Center as some of our participants have severe scent-related allergies.

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