On Saturday April 6th, eight Ikebana Practitioners from the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center met at the Japanese Gardens to view the Saga Goya School of Ikebana’s annual Exhibition. Thank you to Joan Sears for taking and sharing these pictures.
We experienced and participated in the beauty and elegance of this special
exhibition that featured an authentic Buddhist prayer ceremony in honor
of the birth of Buddha.
On January 20th the morning Community Sit included a parents discussion group and our Kids Club, during which parents can meditate with the rest of the community in the main Shrine Room while their kids participate in Kids Club. On this particular Sunday, the kids did a little meditation at the beginning and the end, as well as having a look at a children’s book that went over the ABC’s of Shambhala. It’s a children’s book about the basics of Shambhala teachings, presented in a child friendly way.
But for this Shambhala Kids Club program, the main focus was on the dharma arts. The children spent time creating imaginative flower arrangements by following basic principles of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangements. Children explored the history of Ikebana, how monks developed the art form long ago, and they looked at and talked about the different styles of flower arranging. The group had lots of fun, and they produced flower arrangements that were displayed around the Shambhala Center. Kids Club teachers AJ Rock and Ruth Hampton thoroughly enjoyed working with the children and guiding them through the process.
The kids used real Ikebana materials and tools provided by Amy Aycrigg, who is the Practice Coordinator for the Ikebana group that does flower arrangements at the Center every week.
Here are some additional photos: