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The Beauty of Everyday Things

with Kashin Julie Kwong

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm PST


How do we relate to our everyday world? To the things we see right in front of us? With the things we hold right where we are standing? Where is beauty found? What is it exactly that we are waking up too when we relate? These are some of the questions we will try to investigate. If you have some questions of your own, about the beauty of everyday things, join us and let’s talk.

Below: Everyday things painted by Yuka Okada Martin Mendo


$20 suggested donation

Zoom link will be emailed to participants upon registration.

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Kashin Julie Kwong has been studying Japanese Tea Ceremony since 2006 and is a senior student of Mouri Sensei. She practices tea in the school of Omotesenke, which is the closest tea school connected to Soto Zen. She is a senior student of Jakusho Kwong-roshi, abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center and has lived and practiced at SMZC for over 15 years. She also leads and instructs Nyoho-e (traditional zen practice of sewing).

Founders of the Mingei (民芸) Movement from left to right: Shoji Hamada (potter), Soetsu Yanagi (art critic/philosopher) and Kanjiro Kawai(potter)


"Nothing surpass the human warmth. What machines produce is standardized beauty, calibrated and fixed. Mechanization constitutes a kind of aesthetic strangulation, makes objects cold and shallow.  It is the human hand that creates subtlety and warmth.  Machines only know what has been predetermined.  True beauty can never be false.  Rather, with the passage of time, it will shine ever more brightly into the future.”

Fireman's coat textile (left) and quilted kendo garment (right)

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