In this hectic world, we all need a place of our own to relax and unwind. Just getting away from all the distractions and demands of life and escaping into quiet, tranquil space can do a lot to make stress slip away. Creating a sacred space or meditation sanctuary may be just the diversion you need to make your home environment into a peaceful retreat. Or perhaps you know someone who would appreciate the joys of transforming their garden into an oasis of inspiration.
Zen in Your Garden: Creating Sacred Spaces will show you how to employ all the aesthetic principles of Japanese Zen gardening into any open space, large or small. Here, you will learn all the basics of transforming your garden using the basic tenets of Zen design, incorporating lush water gardens, paths, rock gardens, ponds and streams with lush greenery and ambient lighting. The gorgeous full color photography and poetry in this book will provide a guided tour of Zen gardening that is sure to inspire your imagination.
While Zen is now considered a very Japanese philosophy, its roots actually go back to India, circa 500 A.D., starting with an Indian monk named Bohdidharma. When he came to China and began studying Taoism, it colored his Buddhist beliefs and started a brand of thought known as Cha’an in China and Son in Korea. Eventually, it became known as Zen in Japan. While Buddhism was already well known in Japan by 600 A.D., it took another 300 years for Zen to become a staple of Japanese religious thought.
Some of the most enduring principles of Zen’s influence on Japanese gardening are seen in the myriad displays of Zen symbolism. Nearly every element of design used in the Japanese Zen garden has some relationship to this ancient philosophy, infusing every ornament, plant, stone, bridge and pond with meaning.
Zen in Your Garden: Creating Sacred Spaces, by Jenny Hendy, offers all the guidance you need to start creating your own tranquil garden. It also makes a great gift for someone you love.