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"This is a gentle book, beautiful and meditative, that goes right to the heart of ikebana. It is a book that I will recommend to my students to take their understanding to a different plane." (Diane Norman, author of Ikebana: A Fresh Look at Japanese Flower Arranging)

"In this subtle arrangement of real life and ancient teachings, Joan Stamm shows how attention to a single flower reveals ageless wisdom. A loving tribute to a living art." (Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen)

"The author shapes stem, leaf, and blossom into a dharma of living beauty." (Lin Jensen, author of Bad Dog! and Together Under One Roof)

About the Author

Joan D. Stamm received shihan, formal authorization to teach, from the Saga School of Ikebana headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Her essays have appeared in Utne Reader, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, The Best Spiritual Writing series, Weber Journal and other publications. She currently lives on Orcas Island, WA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861715772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715770
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy S. Ayer on April 9, 2010
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I am struck by this beautiful book; struck mostly by its depth, the depth of the author, and the depth of symbolism, metaphor and image behind Ikebana. I see soul represented in every one of the author's arrangements. I
found myself studying the original arrangements and trying to decide which -
if I could choose just one - was my favorite. I was struck by several
things in this book: the level of water according to the season; the inclusion of
a yellowed bamboo leaf or a brown of the Iris and canna leaves to show
impermanence, and change of seasons. Ikebana is all new to me but the
messages are not! It made me happy to see that the ancient art of
Ikebana is also willing to move into the 21 century with "Inoribana".
Flowers are the mandalas of the garden and the beauty of the soul. Heaven and Earth Are Flowers injects both into the heart of the reader and thus out into the world. Discover the beauty of your own soul amongst Stamm's arrangements and read this unique book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Purple Iris on April 11, 2010
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Inspiring and thought-provoking, the writing reflects the beauty of the exquisite flower arrangements that illustrate this book. It is provocative and articulate, and has a personal style that warms the heart. It is a shining treasure of intelligence and insight in a sea of mediocre books on Japanese culture. This will become a must-read for anyone with an interest in traditional Japan, but it would be an ideal gift for anyone; it has something to offer all of our personal journeys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily on August 6, 2010
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This beautiful book invites you to practice tha art of ikebana. As well as it is easy to read, it has some passages of depth and harmony which feed the reader's soul.
A friend who knows that I practice ikebana since eight years ago recommended Heaven and Earth are Flowers. As I read it, I was surprised to realize that most of my feelings and sensations are explained in this book. Feelings and sensations that I perceive when I work on flowers and branches.
I like also the way that Joan explains the reflexive and meditative states in which one finds meanwhile a floral arrangement is made.
Finally, I want to express my grattitude to Joan because she shares part of her life and most of her soul to the readers in this book.
Lily Santurtun
Mexico City
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constanze on October 17, 2010
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Through Ikebana, Buddism and Japanese poetry, Ms. Joan Stamm traces out her life path as she searches for all that is meaningful and life-giving. The Buddhists understand well the transitive nature of life,which Ms.Stamm puts together with text , Ikebana arrangements and glimpses into her personal life. Her flower arrangements are exquisite, if somtimes very intellectual and strict.

This book has a slightly gloomy touch, possibly because Ms.Stamm seems not to have had an easy life. It is a book which invites reflection and a meditative mood. For all those who want to see beyond the beauty of Ikebana arrangements, I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nmp on March 11, 2010
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This is simply a beautiful book, which is not only insightful about ikebana but also about life. Buy a copy - you won't regret it.
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