Buddhist Garden Design Considerations – Buddhist Peace Gardens
The Buddhist Peace Garden ,Imperial War Museum ,London
It is not necessary for the garden to look Buddhist or indeed even oriental. Many non Buddhists – inspired by the serenity of the Buddha image, also cherish values such as essential goodness, rightful thinking and a purposeful life and wish to create gardens that reflect this. And I like to think that by being inspired by the beauty and calmness of a Buddhist garden brings people to the Buddha’s message and then through that a deeper understanding of their life’s journey,purpose and meaning.
So Buddhist garden design which has at its heart peacefulness, goodwill and respect for all living things can be more important than other garden decorations such as garden wind chimes, prayer flags or garden oriental stone lanterns. Don’t clutter your garden – choose carefully and the garden feel and calmness will reflect this back.
However how you design your garden is obviously a matter of personal preference and you can certainly also include Buddhist and oriental garden decorations and other garden features but used in isolation such decorative items are not as important as a garden design which has at it's core Buddhist ideals.
There are eight different concepts which can go into designing a Buddhist garden rather like the 8 Buddhist precepts. You shouldn’t think you necessarily have to have all 8 in your garden design, a garden with 2 or more will be on the path to creating the perfect Buddha garden. We shall discuss these Buddhist garden design principles in the reminder of the articles on Buddha garden design.
A white Buddha statue sits amongst the garden's natural glory
“I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit." Reginald Farrer
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