Posts Tagged ‘zen gardening’

Turn Your Garden into an Oasis with this Buddha Fragment

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
buddha statue

Buddha Statue Fragments

It is amazing how a Buddha Fragment can change the whole character of your garden.  Truly an unusual sculpture, this “Fragment Buddha” face is designed to appear as though you captured a valuable fragment of a monumental sculpture. By placing it in the perfect sacred space within your garden, it is instantly transformed.

Since ancient times, Buddha statues have been placed on the grounds of temples and gardens.  It is believed that the strong association between Buddhism and gardening grew out of this tradition.  Many Buddhists believe that the soil in a garden represents the fertile ground of Buddha’s mind or the state of our own internal Karma.  Therefore, the paths within a garden can represent spiritual enlightenment and the change of seasons the changing moods of the mind.

According to Buddhist tradition, a garden Buddha statue should always face north, since the south is associated with Yama, the Hindu god who judges the dead.

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Slow Down the Pace at Work with a Feng Shui Zen Sand Garden

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
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Feng Shui Zen Sand Garden

The office is not usually a place that one would associate with quiet meditation and Zen gardens, but with this Feng Shui Zen Sand Garden, there is a way to bring a little Zen into your workday.

Zen gardening has its roots across many Asian cultures, and it is something that Westerners have often tried to imitate.  The art of Feng Shui has made headway in Western culture as well.  The problem is, most of us are so fast-paced and frenetic all the time; it is hard for us to slow down and appreciate the art of Zen meditation.  While we generally value the need to live in harmony with nature, we have a conflicting need for instant gratification and the two do not mix.  (more…)

Create a Sacred Space with a Japanese Zen Garden

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Zen in Your Garden by Jenny Hendy

Zen in Your Garden by Jenny Hendy

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.