Wabi Sabi has ratings and 44 reviews. Kate said: So, you want an excuse for why the drawer in your coffee table is broken off? Why you haven’t replac. This is a short book, pages, that probably covers a bit more than it should in order to provide the depth that Wabi Sabi requires. But in doing. Wabi Sabi the Japanese Art of Impermanence. Andrew Juniper. () Heidegger on Technology and Gelassenheit: Wabi-Sabi and the Art of Verfallenheit.

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Anecdotes, and history lessons abound not just covering the meaning of the term, or even its heritage, but giving a sprinkling of the histories, of Zen, Taoism and Buddhism as well.

The concept of mujo, from the Sanskrit anitya meaning transience or mutability, forms the axis around which Zen philosophy revolves. Something I would be interested in but they never actually described what is involved in a tea ceremony.

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This is not limited to the process of decay, but can also be found at the moment of inception, when life is taking its first fragile steps toward becoming. Although the definition of Wabi Sabi is allusive and still evolving, it can be characterized by it’s appreciation of imperfection, humility,the impermanence of all things, and a deep connection with the natural world.

I felt like I was getting a lecture from a climatologist on snowboarding. I read what was useful to me as a writer in jujiper of I dont’ know what Taken from the Japanese words wabi, which translates to less is more, and sabi, which means attentive melancholy, This is an exquisite, articulate book about the attributes of Wabi Sabi.


But it is so much more. Want to Read saving…. Presenting itself as an alternative to today’s fast-paced, mass-produced, neon-lighted world, wabi sabi reminds us to slow down and take comfort in the natural beauty around us. What non-duality is and why it gets in the way of one’s understanding of the savi.

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Feb 05, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: The adjective wabishii was used to describe sentiments junpier loneliness, forlornness, and wretchedness. Account Options Sign in. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic I first heard about Wabi Sabi two years ago and since then I’ve had this book on my “to-read” shelf.

Zen maintains that it is effort and discipline that will bear fruits, and if we wish to benefit from this wisdom, there must be a move away from the pervasive goal of instant gratification of the senses. Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer.

Nov 24, Genis Cardona rated it it was amazing. A wonderful book, a wonderful artistic asthetic, and a potential life-changing read. Why you haven’t replaced the sofa that was shredded by your cat’s claws? Wabi sabi uses the evanescence of life to convey the sense of melancholic beauty that such a understanding brings. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Okay, maybe a little. The cumulative effect, as Juniper explains in his graceful text, is to suggest both passing time and time transfixed. A cultural overview of a particular set of Japanese beliefs andrww are apparently embedded into every day customs and societies.


The underlying principles of impermanence, humility, asymmetry, and imperfection dabi diametrically opposed to those of their Western counterparts, whose values are rooted in a Hellenic worldview that values permanence, grandeur, symmetry, and perfection. I gave up part way through the writing about the tea ceremony. That said, this book goes far in defining the indefinable.

Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence

It refrains from all forms of intellectual entanglement, self-regard, and affectation to discover the unadorned truth of nature. If you feel moved by Kakuzo’s thoughts above, then you will find much to enjoy in Juniper’s Wabi Sabi: Nonetheless, it provides readers with a ‘go to’ access if one is interested in learning not just the philosophy but the aesthetics, history and goal of Wabi Sabi.

I learned some things but I did not get the feeling he did any field research.

While hedonism tends to be more appealing, it often leads to a lowering of spiritual resolve. Nov 02, Garrett Alain Colas rated it did not like it.

Yet, the philosophy underlying wabi sabi drinks deeply from zen, advocates a worldview far removed from the pursuit of hedonism pervading society nowadays.