"Wabi-Sabi is a Zen Buddhist aesthetic philosophy, relating not just to art & objects but to the whole of life.
Imperfection is one of the governing aesthetic tenets of Wabi-Sabi. Nature is seen to be flawed, ever-changing, decaying, unpredictable and yet simple. It is in this nature-based model of imperfection that Wabi-Sabi finds beauty.
Wabi-Sabi is more than just physical aesthetics; however, it is a whole belief system and lifestyle practice. It is a nature based ideology which has an appreciation for a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is an unconventional aesthetic which yearns for the modest and humble (Koren, 1994, p7-9)
Because Wabi-Sabi comes from a Buddhist world view there is no distinction between ugliness and beauty, it is a non-dualistic perspective encompassing a non ego-based intuition, regarding beauty as a magical event that happens from within as an experience of Wabi-Sabi rather than as an intellectualised descriptive idea of beauty and ugliness. Perhaps Wabi-Sabi could almost be seen as an anti-aesthetic, rejecting the traditional ideals of classical beauty in favour of the freer opinions of an enlightened state of mind.
Wabi-Sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect or even decayed, an aesthetic that finds melancholy beauty in the impermanence of all things" (Juniper, 2003, p51)
"I acknowledge that common everyday objects are precious gems" (Berger and Hawthorne, 2006, p8)