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Zen Flowers: Chabana for the Tea Ceremony: Mittwer, Henry

Zen Flowers: Chabana for the Tea Ceremony

Mittwer, Henry

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ISBN 10: 0804818827 / ISBN 13: 9780804818827
Published by Tuttle Publishing, Rutland, Vermont, Tokyo, Japan, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Zen Flowers: Chabana for the Tea Ceremony, Mittwer, Henry Published by Tuttle Publishing, 1992 . First Gift Book Edition. 144 pages, 12 color plates, 38 b/w sketches, list of plants, glossary and notes, bibliography, index. Red and white flower patterned boards, green and black titles front and spine, gray endpapers. Complete with issued paper band cover. Very light rubbing to spine and corner edges; otherwise in as new, unread condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000945

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Title: Zen Flowers: Chabana for the Tea Ceremony

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Rutland, Vermont, Tokyo, Japan

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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This Zen flower arranging book teaches the delicate art of Japanese Chabana—the precursor to ikebana.

Up to now, with the exception of Okakura Kakuzo's excellent account of flowers used in the art of Chanoyu in his delightful The Book of Tea, almost nothing has been available on the subject. To my knowledge, the present volume is the only book written in English that is wholly devoted to the special form of flower arrangement called Chabana.

Chabana is a type of flower arrangement that originated in the tea room . Chabana is not only for decoration, for symbolic representation, or for abstract expression of the self. 2,500years ago, Chabana has something in common with one of Shakyamuni Buddha's sermons. Buddha lightly picked a single bloom from a basketful of flowers offered to Him by one of the multitude who came to hear His sermon. Buddha slowly, silently, held up the flower before the congregation. Among the gathering was one of His disciples, Mahakasyapa, who gently smiled as he apprehended the Buddha's gesture. Chabana may not be a flower arrangement having a Zen-like mission, but it certainly is a flower arrangement appreciated by a mind nourished with the Zen principles of simplicity and directness.

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