Buddhas in Gardens
Statues and images of the Buddha have been placed in the grounds of temples and gardens since ancient times and gardening has strong associations with Buddhism:
It is believed that;
The Soil of the garden represents the fertile ground of Buddha's Mind.
A Sangha (Pali for Buddhist community) is the same as community of plants in the garden.
Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha) is the expression of wisdom that is in the
If a garden can be regarded as a mind then:
Garden paths represent the ways to enlightenment.
The soil represents the state of our own internal Karma.
Planting of the garden represents fertile and blossoming ideas.
The changing seasons of the garden represent of the changing moods of the mind.
Eastern tradition also suggests that the Buddha should not face south when placed in the garden, as this is associated with Yama, a Hindu god and judge of the dead. North is the preferred direction when placing Buddha statues in the garden.
The making of Buddhist gardens in
Zen Buddhism and garden design
Zen Buddhism believes that by making a fine garden can contribute to enlightenment and contentment. This requires skill, artistic judgement and a deep understanding of nature combined with constant attention. So gardening can be a deemed a religious activity.
They should generally have
A beautiful place for sitting quietly or for meditation.
Numerous Paths for the practice of walking meditation.
A lotus pool containing a Buddha statue.
A place for the feeding of fish, birds or animals.
Ten of the World’s
Totekiko is one of the five gardens at the Ryōgen,
It is a small enclosed garden, composed of attractive simple boulders placed on raked sand. These rocks are surrounded by concentric gravel circles and are connected by parallel ridges and furrows. The garden briefly receives the sun at around noon each day, and it is sometimes covered by snow in the winter. The garden represents a Zen saying, that the harder a stone is thrown in, the bigger the ripples will be.
The temple also includes three other gardens, Isshi-dan, Koda-tei, and Ryogin-tei – which is a moss covered garden which is claimed to be the oldest garden in Daitoku-ji.
This beautiful and peaceful garden is located in the park in front of the
The garden’s design and decoration uses many Buddhist symbols.
A tall pillar has in four languages the Dalai Lama’s message about the importance of choosing non-violence.
The garden’s layout is based on the eight spoke Buddhist Wheel representing the Noble Eightfold Path. There are eight stone seats in a circle representing the eight principles in the Noble Eightfold Path. When you sit here you can focus on the centre of the garden.
Around the outside of the garden is a trellis and plants from the
This temple is built at the actual place where the Buddha reached Enlightenment while sitting under the Bodhi Tree. Almost all activity at the
The holiest place at the
Some people come and sit near the Bodhi Tree on their own and some come in groups of Buddhist pilgrims from the same country. Throughout the
All around the
On the east side of the
On the south side of the
4. Ryōan-ji Temple Gardens - The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon ,
This is a Zen temple garden located in northwest
The dry landscape rock garden was built in the late 13th Century. The garden consists of raked gravel and fifteen moss covered boulders placed so that, when looking at the garden from any angle only fourteen of the boulders are visible at one time.
This is a World Heritage Site and is sometimes said to have the oldest surviving garden in
The present layout of Sigiriya is believed to date from in the 5th century AD.
This was the site of the Buddha’s birth. The site was re-discovered in 1896.The sacred pool had earth banks at the time of its re-discovery. It now has a paved margin and steps - but it remains a place of exceptional calm.
The garden also includes a bathing tank of the Sakyas where the water is bright and clear as a mirror and its surface covered with a mixture of flowers. This is where the Bodhisattva was born.
In 1997 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kagyu Samyé Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist complex located at Eskdalemuir, near
The garden is surrounded by jungles and rocky hills and is slightly difficult to find as it lies high on the mountain overlooking the island. The entire garden is filled with sculptures and statues depicting humans as well as various gods and Buddhas.
9. The Peace Pagoda and
Founded by Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from
He lived to be 100 and his movement built 80 Peace Pagodas and
In the beautiful gardens surrounding the pagoda are a thousand cherry trees and cedars planted to remind us of the victims of all wars.
To left of the pagoda is a small Japanese garden of rocks, moss and bushes and a water lily pond full of carp and to the right of the
This Zen Buddhist monastery was built between 605 - 617 during the period of the Tang Dynasty and is the best-preserved temple in
The landscaped gardens within the Wenshu Monastery are very beautiful and serene and are beautifully maintained and clean and has many trees and shrubs as well as spectacular water features.
The courtyards and gardens seem to melt into each other, making for a very quiet and contemplative environment.