A Buddhist Garden should be an Inspiring place to Sit and Wander
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Often most people’s gardens are quite small so the seating area of the garden is particularly important. Your garden might just be a backyard or have an unpleasant view so consider screening such as bamboo, trellis or climbing plants to create an attractive vista. You can even use Buddha wall art to hang in the space as a focal point and inspiring view.
If you are fortunate to have a tree in your garden then a seat under its canopy can be an ideal spot and one which reminds us of the Buddha’s moment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree 2500 years ago. If you are of a minimalist bent then a Zen garden design along Japanese gardens can be a key way to create the perfect garden.
Trees to me are truly wonders of nature and a garden with at least one is a magical place. I have never seen a discontented tree - they hold fast to the earth and grip it with their roots, the branches and leaves of the tree go in all directions with every wind sway and come and go much like ourselves- fellow inhabitants of our planet, going around the sun two million miles a day.
I love the following quote about finding God in a garden and as Buddhists or want to be Buddhists or just good people we remind ourselves that we alone are responsible for our life and journey “God” is within ourselves and our life’s journey is to discover that.
Martin Luther King put it beautifully.
“I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.” Frankfort Moore - A Garden of Peace
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