Kado Rigden School of Ikebana Pin Symbolism


Shape: Round

Colors: White, Black, Gold, Silver, Red

Symbols: Space, Sun, crescent Moon, full bloom Peony, Chinese Character for Mountain



From the ancient Chinese view of the universe, the round shape represents Heaven in the relationship of Heaven, Earth and Men. From Heaven comes the mandate, command, laws, guidance and vision.

Often the round shape is seen in Zen calligraphy, it is executed in one stroke, completing a perfectly executed circle. It is called “Wa“, and means peace/completion.

The crescent moon shape is moving toward completion. It represents constant movement or change in the Universe, nothing is static. The moon has no heat or light by itself, it takes these qualities from the sun.

The moon symbol also pays homage to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana which has in its logo the crescent moon. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a Master of this school.



White represents space which accommodates everything. In Buddhist symbolism, white represents either space or clarity. White contains all the colors of the spectrum. In many Asian cultures, particularly those influenced by Buddhism, white is the color used for death as everything is purified in its return to the basic ground of space.

Gold represents richness and generosity. In this logo the round shape of gold also symbolizes “The Great Eastern Sun”.

Red is associated with attraction, passion, heat/warmth and magnetizing energy. This particular red is associated with the red peonies of China which are more blue red.

Black represents death, destruction, cutting and letting go.

Silver represents pure still water that reflects like a mirror. Water is cooling, refreshing. Clear water will allow what is on the bottom or inside to be clearly seen. Clarifying creates peace.



Peony is the flower of Shambhala. The peony is thought to be the queen of all flowers by the Chinese as iIIustrated in the following story: There was a Chinese empress who had a beautiful garden filled with flowers gathered from all climates of China. She ordered her gardeners to make all the flowers bloom at the same time and the gardeners succeeded with all but the stubborn peony who resisted the empress’s command. The peony bloomed only in her natural time. Thus the peony became a symbol that even an empress cannot go against, force or control the laws in Nature.

The peony in full bloom represents generosity. When seen in profile it looks like a tray spilling over with many offerings.


Sun and Moon together represents feminine and masculine energy in balanced relationship or all inseparable profound opposites like day and night, life and death, etc.


Black Chinese character of mountain is a reminder to the practitioner to manifest in flower practice and all of life beyond passion, aggression, and ignorance.

It also is a reminder to be like a mountain grounded in space and impermanence, to practice equanimity in all circumstances in life and death.

The three peeks also remind us, of the necessity of joining Heaven and Earth principle, with the Men/ Humanity principle properly. It is also a reminder of the three jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.