Wabi Sabi philosophy

Wabi-sabi (佗寂) represents a Japanese aesthetic world view that derives from Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), impermanence (無常 mujō), suffering (苦 ku) and absence of self-nature (空 ).  If an object or expression brings a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be considered to be wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is the most characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty.

On the other hand wabi-sabi is also a training whereby the student of wabi-sabi learns to find the most simple objects interesting, fascinating and beautiful. Fading autumn leaves would be an example. Wabi-sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value. Similarly materials that age such as bare wood, paper and fabric become more interesting as they exhibit changes that can be observed over time.

Wabi-sabi bowl:

Wabi-sabi sushi bowl