Wabi Sabi: The Wisdom in Imperfection

Tuttle. Apr. 2021. 192p. tr. from Japanese by Russell Calvert. ISBN 9784805316313. $14.99. SELF-HELP
Suzuki, who counsels clients using Zen and art therapy practices, has found that wabi sabi (the Japanese Zen philosophy of the nonexistence of perfection) has life-changing possibilities. He argues in this debut book that wabi sabi can help us be content with what is (instead of wanting more or better) and thus move ahead day by day, toward a better self. The book discusses wabi sabi as a philosophy, an art, and a way of life that entails, for instance, being in tune with nature, looking after old objects as friends, and taking things as they are.
VERDICT This very tranquil read encourages reflection and acceptance.
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