Program Details

Kado - The Way of Flowers

with Marcia Shibata
June 28 / 7:00 PM - June 30 / 3:00 PM

The Friday night talk is open to the public.  Suggested donation for the talk only is $20.00.

The weekend workshop is now full.  Please contact Barbara Craig to be put on a waiting list:

The public talk is still open - no need to register

Discover and cultivate the source of creativity and learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception.

Kado means “The Way of Flowers”. The Flower Way began in China over 2000 year ago. When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning, “living flowers”. Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is. Human beings are part of nature, we are not separate. We follow the same patterns, as does all life on this planet. Kado students simultaneously study the human condition when working with natural materials from the earth.

By practicing classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to see the wisdom of nature clearly, which is the same in ourselves and others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but to discover joyfulness, work with obstacles, and develop respect for all things animate or inanimate.

Marcia Wang Shibata was introduced to Buddhist meditation and ikebana by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Center in 1974. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was an accomplished master of Tibetan Buddhism and a myriad other disciplines of life, including earning an instructor's degree from the Sogetsu School, the newest school of the flower tradition of Japan.

From 1980 to 1985, Ms. Shibata studied in Japan at the Ikenobo and Saga Misho schools, both of which are the oldest classical flower schools. From 1992 to 2010 she studied with a Sogetsu Master, Watanabe Sensei of Montreal Canada.

She began teaching in the West in 1981. Her main concern in teaching is not the goal of a decorative floral form, but to transmit it as a gate into, and a practice of trusting non-conceptual mind.

Today, Ms. Shibata teaches in the United States and in Europe, where she and her students are developing a new school of ikebana based on the teachings of Shambhala Buddhism.  In 2003, they were given the blessings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's son and Dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to start the new school, called "Shambhala Kado Europe". In November of 2012 she received the title: Master Shambhala Kado instructor from the Sakyong. 

Ms. Shibata is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and presently resides in Central Mexico. 

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The workshop is limited to 12 participants.

If you have registered and find that you cannot attend, please notify:, so that another participant may take your place.  Thank you.

*Please pay a deposit of $25.00 when registering online to secure your space.  The PayPal page appears after the registration page (you may also pay the full amount at this time).  If you do not care to pay online, please mail a check for the deposit to The Philadelphia Shambhala Center 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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