ikebana3ikebana2Ikenobo is the oldest school of Ikebana, founded by Buddhist priest Ikenobo Senkei in the 15th Century; thought to have created the rikka (standing flowers) style.

It took until the 17th Century for the growing merchant class to develop a simpler style named seika or shoka. Shoka uses only three main branches, known as ten (heaven), chi (earth) and jin (man) and is designed to show the beauty of the plant itself.

So, you may ask, what does this have to do with me? May I first invite you to take in both creations? [Pictured]… Do you see their simplicity and yet experience their complexity?

If you do, a veil was lifted that reveals the essential core that is the oneness of heaven and earth and man (humankind). 

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