Mindfulness Series: Listening to Incense - The Japanese Way of Enjoying Incense

This is a past event. Sunday, January 20 at 1:00pm 3:00pm

The Jasmine Pearl 724 N.E. 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97232

Use all of your senses in meditation. There are many ways to enjoy incense, the most common being burning incense sticks and cones. In this workshop we will be doing monko, or listening to incense and writing poetry. It is a way of enjoying Japanese incense that does not require participants to know elaborate etiquette, history or literature. The incense burner is prepared with ash, a live coal and mica plate and individuals “listen” to the incense. Instead of smelling the incense, we say listening to the incense. As perfumers say there are top notes, bass notes and middle notes to the incense. There is a whole symphony of fragrance listen to. We don't just smell the incense in our nose, but listen to the incense with our whole being. In a meditative atmosphere, all of our senses can be opened up to write what comes to mind inspired by the incense.

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