Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche has said that the “art of meditative experience might be called genuine art.” It is a growing process in which “we begin to appreciate our surroundings in life, whatever they may be–it doesn’t necessarily have to be good, beautiful and pleasurable at all. The definition of art, from this point of view is to be able to see the uniqueness of everyday experience.”
June Crow began her studies of Ikebana in 1990 with Watanabe Sensei, an accomplished master of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, and has been teaching the art of Ikebana since 2005. As a member of Kalapa Ikebana, a flower arranging school founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, June has brought her knowledge of Buddhist meditation to the artistic expression of Ikebana. With June’s assistance, one can begin to understand how to arrange flowers and branches to bring nature’s beauty, harmony and openness into one’s environment.
Ikebana is not just about flowers, it is also about the person who arranges them. As an art form it can be a statement of dignity and mindfulness. It can spring from a state of mind on the part of the artist that can be called the meditative state. It is an attitude of directness without self-consciousness in one’s work of art.
During June’s Retreat Residency at Vana, she will be leading ‘Contemplative Art’ sessions like Ikebana, Floating Arrangements, Haiku, Tea Demonstration, Mindful Walking and so on.