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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Grendaitė, Greta
Title: Rejected ostentation: “refined poverty” and its perfection in the tea way architecture
Other Title: Prabangos atsisakymas: “rafinuotas paprastumas” ir šio koncepto išbaigtumas arbatos kelio architektūroje
Is part of: Regioninės studijos. 2006, [No.] 1, Baltijos ir Rytų Azijos regionų studijos : naujieji transnacionaliniai iššūkiai ir Rytų patirtis, p. 173-189
Date: 2006
Keywords: Ostentation;Poverty;Architecture;Skurdas;Arcitektūra;Prabanga
Abstract: A sense of naturalism and plainness in the Taian architecture is genuine: nothing has been intentionally aged to create the timeworn-looking effect; the details, ex. planking of the nijiriguchi, are naturally weathered by time, thus looking old, thus even more venerable. Hereby a rustic manner of wabi aesthetics gets in exertion. Involving the “chazen-ichimi” concept, it also gives a sense to the major aspect of the Zen Buddhism tradition to simplify our lives, to get rid of the desire for possessions, thus leading the tea practitioner’s contemplation to an insight of what is “mu no basho”. Hence there is no wonder why the Taian has been reworked into a part of the Zen temple. If it has been said that the spiritual content meant more to Rikyu than a simple form, we may oppose to such an approach of the Japanese art historians now, concluding that the grand master respected the form equally, and the simple form gained spiritual content.
Appears in Collections:2006 Regioninės studijos, [vol.] 1

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