It's Wabi-Sabi Time in America
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Wabi-Sabi, a two word phrase, is an ancient Japanese philosophy with roots in Zen, revering austerity, nature and the everyday. It stems more directly from the Japanese tea ceremony, a simple Zen ritual for making and sharing a cup of tea . The wabi way of tea, wabichado, consists of a simple, yet imperfect cup of tea, not the elaborate tea ceremony performed by the wealthy. Sabi translates to limited mortality. Therefore, treasure each moment. Like the cup of tea, it can be an object of imperfect beauty. However, the tea in the cup will be gone in a flash. Taste life and live fully with kindness and respect for others.
The simple materials of rocks, plants, and water provided gardeners
with the means to adapt any space into a refined beauty conveyed by the
Japanese words wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in
imperfection and profundity in nature.
The rise of Zen Buddhism in Japan emerged from the power failure of the aristocracy and court; allowing the warrior class access into the leadership vacuum. 1428 brought war and famine. Civil unrest and a fractured court left the emperor weak, but retaining his symbolic status. Disciples of Zen Buddhism's strict precepts, Samurai lords built Zen temples to house and educate priests who guided the moral and cultural values of the warrior class.