Using Buddhist art and texts along the Garden paths
Using Buddhist Art and Texts along the Garden Paths
From the Thai Buddhist temple garden near Bournemouth
The Buddha quotes are some of the most inspiring and thoughtful messages ever made and I particularly like and is, of course very apt in a garden with a path “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”. Though it doesn’t matter whether your garden necessarily has Buddha quotes as long as the garden messages promote wisdom and right understanding at their heart then the garden will inspire and help to produce Buddha mindfullness. Often Buddhist temples are surrounded by gardens,parks and ornamental grounds and they use wherever possible a path through these garden's enlightened with Buddha quotes along the way.
Buddhist gardens are often reffered to as Peace Gardens and for good reason for at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings was the message of non-violence. A notable example of a famous Buddhist peace garden is that alongside the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, UK. This beautiful and peaceful garden was designed to foster a non-violent world and stands alongside a museum which catalogues the history and horrors of war.This peace garden has a Tibetan name which means “The Garden of Contemplation”. It was opened by the Dalai Lama and the garden’s layout and garden features contains many Buddhist symbols and images.
Buddhist Peace Garden,Imperial War Museum
The overall form of the garden is the eight spoke Buddhist Wheel which is the Buddhist symbol for the Noble Eightfold Path and with this in mind there are 8 stone seats in the centre of the garden from where you can sit and contemplate the garden’s beauty and tranquillity. On the garden’s edges are trellis screening up which grow Himalayan plants. There are however no Buddha statues or images which underlines the point that Buddha statues or images are not essential when planning and designing a Buddhist garden.
A beautiful video of a stroll through the snow covered Tibetan Peace garden
“I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden. “ John Erskine