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New Arrivals: Japanese Incense by Gyokushodo & Tennendo

New Arrivals: Japanese Incense by Gyokushodo & Tennendo

New arrivals: Gyokushodo & Tennendo This season we are excited to be introducing two new Japanese incense houses to Lotus Zen – Gyokushodo and Tennendo. Both brands make traditional and modern incense using high quality aloeswood, sandalwood, spices and florals. In the past, it was rare to find Gyokushodo and Tennendo incense in the UK, so we are delighted to be making these incenses more accessible and affordable for our customers. A particularly special incense from the new collection is Tennendo’s Omani Frankincense. This is arguably the closest you can get to burning real Omani frankincense resin! When we first...

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A Listening Meditation by Alan Watts

A Listening Meditation by Alan Watts

Alan Watt's believed meditation is 'the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment'. For Watts, one of the easiest ways to enter the meditative state is to start by listening to the sounds around us. All the senses offer a way to become grounded in the present moment, but Watts thought sound to be the easiest and often used listening as a meditative exercise...

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New Arrivals: Ume, Horin & Temple of Incense

New Arrivals: Ume, Horin & Temple of Incense

Ume, Horin & Temple of Incense This season we're excited to be introducing new incense from Ume, Shoyeido and Temple of Incense. Just last month, we expanded our Temple of Incense range, adding six new fragrances ranging from floral, fruity, citrus and spiced. Incense from this range use all-natural, vegan and sustainably sourced ingredients. If you're looking for high quality Indian incense, you can't get much better than these! Earlier this season, we introduced Ume's premium incense sticks. These specialist Japanese style sticks are inspired by the ancient art of incense making and blended with refined plant material, sacred resins, medicinal herbs & precious...

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New Arrivals: Temple of Incense, Sage, Palo & Resins

New Arrivals: Temple of Incense, Sage, Palo & Resins

We’re excited to announce the arrival of new incense at Lotus Zen! Earlier this season, we launched our Raw Incense range of Sage, Palo, Frankincense and Myrrh and this month we’ve expanded our Indian Incense collection with artisan incense house, Temple of Incense.

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Buddhist Artwork by Iwasaki Tsuneo

Buddhist Artwork by Iwasaki Tsuneo

Iwasaki Tsuneo Iwasaki Tsuneo is a Japanese artist (1917-2002) who created original and exquisitely intricate works of Buddhist art often influenced by his work as a biologist and lover of science. The subject of Iwasaki's paintings range from classical Buddhist iconography to majestic views of our universe and many works feature delicate miniature calligraphy of the Heart Sutra (a classic Buddhist text). Take a look at some of our favourite Iwasaki paintings below... Transmigration Transmigration offers a cosmic view of the elements that circulate through the universe. Recycled through stars, stones and human beings. Atom Iwasaki uses calligraphy of the heart sutra to...

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