Kintsukuroi or why we are perfect in our imperfection

Comforting Thought: Kintsukuroi

“There is a Japanese practice called Kintusukoroi or kintsugi which means ‘golden repair’. Kintsukuroi is the art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold or platinum mixed with lacquer, so that the repair reflects the history of the breakage.

“The repaired object mirrors the fragility and imperfection of life – and also its beauty and strength. The object returns to wholeness, to integrity.

“I am not suggesting that we should see brokenness as a way of strengthening our integrity. Rather I am proposing that the wounds and harms that arise from falling over the edge into moral suffering can have a positive value under the right circumstances. Moral distress, the pain or moral injury and even the numbness of moral apathy can be the means of the ‘golden repair’. For developing a greater capacity to stand firm in our integrity without being swayed by the wind.”

Comforting Thought: Kintsukuroi

From: Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax PhD is a Buddhist teacher, Zen Monk and Anthropologist who explores the edges of human experience and writes incredibly compelling books about the intersection of spirituality, psychology and human consciousness.

Book Review: Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax

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9 thoughts on “Kintsukuroi or why we are perfect in our imperfection

    1. Yes it’s such a beautiful idea and the physical act of repairing the pottery would be very soothing and healing too I’d imagine. Pearl Jam are an amazing band! Would love to see them live I bet that was amazing! What’s your favorite album of theirs? I really liked Vitalogy when it came out.


      1. It’s an amazing breakdown of their albums. I agree with your list, even though I love Vitalogy, it’s not as strong of an album as Versus or Ten, these ones had stronger tracks. Vitalogy for me has a lot of sentimental value from my youth though that’s why I love it. I got into more punk after that as I really liked the hard and fast songs more than the ballads. It’s a beautifully written tribute to Pearl Jam Orjan 🤗😻


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