When you light incense you can invoke space. You can do this by letting
the smoke go where it wants. Who would try to tell smoke where to go?
At the same time, space is a reminder of earth . . .
read more aboutBurning Incense.
Today, many of us have come to regard speed, aggression and global-wide chaos and uncertainty as normal aspects of daily life. At the same time, there is a longing for simplicity and the space just to be with ourselves . . .
read more about thePosture of Mindfulness Meditation.
The students of the Buddha shared his philosophical teachings and his
meditation instructions by memorizing them and then telling them to
others. In this way, the Dharma was preserved for hundreds of years
until members of the Sangha were able to record the Buddha's teachings
in writing . . . .
read more about reading Buddhist Texts.
5th century China used flower arrangements as offerings to the Buddhist shrines and these arrangements illustrated understanding of how the
Universe works. About 100 years later, flower arranging started to develop into domestic art forms celebrating imperial and noble houses . . .
read more about the history ofJapanese Flower Arrangement.
When we draw something we understand it, we know it in a deeper way, we take in its
nature and become interested in the something beyond ourselves. At the same time we are grounded in our bodies through the movement of the
pencil or brush in the hand following the eye following the form . . .
read more about the art ofBrush Calligraphy.
People who feel inspired generally, but are as yet uncommitted to a specific lineage, still often enjoy creating a kind of "free-style" shrine to uplift their space, to accompany a meditation habit, or simply as an addition of elegance to home or office. . .
read more about creating aMeditation Space
In the Japanese Tea Ceremony as it is sometimes called, host and guest leave familiar reference points behind and create a gentle space, without past or future. Preparing and serving a bowl of tea is a discipline of mindfulness and awareness, an awakening of the senses and a journey to an open heart . . .
read more aboutThe Way of Tea
Starting a Meditation Practice at Home
When you create a place to meditate in your house or apartment, make an effort to keep that space clear. It doesn't have to be big, but it should feel uncluttered. Having a designated space can remind us of our meditation practice and of the experience of spaciousness associated with it . . .
read more aboutMeditation Practice at Home.