Introduction to Kado

Sunday 21 July 2019 (10:00 -17:00)
Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center
2030 Sansom Street
19103 Philadelphia PA

Teacher : Barbara Craig
Regular : USD60
Patron price : USD80
Kado, a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is, cultivates the source of creativity along with appreciation for each moment in our life.

Discover and cultivate the source of creativity. Learn and practice this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. Kado means “The Way of Flowers.”

The Flower Way began in China over 2300 years ago. When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” became the popular nomenclature, meaning “living or natural flowers”. Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is.

Human beings are part of nature. Therefore we reflect and are expressions of the same patterns in nature throughout our life and death. Thus, we simultaneously study ourselves as we are when working with natural materials.

Using classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others.

The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but cultivate appreciation for each moment in our life, to work with obstacles, to develop respect for ourselves, others and all forms of life.

Barbara Craig is a Kado guide and meditation guide in the Shambhala/Buddhist lineage and a student of Marcia Shibata (Master teacher and founder of the Shambala Rigdon School of Ikebana) for over 18 years, Barbara is a student of Ikenobo school of Ikebana and a member of Ikebana International. She is also a practitioner of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. She is a retired graphic designer and art director.

The program price includes materials. Limited to 8 participants -- please register early to save your space.