Kado: The Path of Flowers (Westside)
with Marcia Shibata
Price for enrolling in both days of this program: Members $140: Non- members $160.
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. Marcia Shibata will lead a workshop based on the principals of the Shambhala School of Flower Arranging.
Kado means The Way of Flowers and describes the contemplative practice of arranging flowers. However 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.
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.
Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented products to the LA Shambhala Center as some of our participants have severe scent-related allergies.
This program is being held at the newly renovated West Side Shambhala Center located on Grand View Boulevard between Venice and Washington. Due to the farmer’s market on Sundays which cuts off access to Grand View from Venice Boulevard, please come from the south via Washington Place. Here is a link to the neighborhood.