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#1 tariki

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 07:27 AM

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I thought I would begin a thread on zen gardens - so many to choose from. Here I love the totally non-utilitarian structure of the landing bay. It makes me think of the little zen koan "a clearly enlightened person falls into the well - how is this so?"

 

The Japanese love their cherry blossoms.

 

"Seen with the eye of faith

the cherry blossoms

are always about to fall"

 

(Echu)


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 02:43 PM

Thinking of this thread - if such it can be called - I googled "Pure Land Gardens" and found a "garden of peace" that can be found in the UK. Alas, no picture here as its images are protected by some sort of web copyright. The price for entry was £7, which drew this from one reviewer:- "no wonder the owner is at peace! The garden is smaller than my own!" Another complained of dogs barking and children crying - which seems to indicate that very few have any real notion of the Pure Land. Once again I think of the little zen koan. Just rambling.
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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:56 AM

Beautiful Cheery Blossom Photo. Eager to see more photos.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 01:22 PM

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I like this one.


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:34 PM

Very soothing and peaceful


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 02:40 AM

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Some have miniature zen gardens in their home. Here is one. In fact the lady who is the scheme manager of our retirement complex has one in her office. She hails from the Philippines. My 3 year old granddaughter, while in her office saying hello, gave the intricate swirls a helping hand according to her own fancy. Ying and yang became a little confused.

 

:D 


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 02:31 AM

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I have always had a love of Japanese Woodprints and here two loves are combined - a zen garden woodprint.

 

In the past I have thought that the intricate patterns found in many zen gardens is inconsistent with what is often associated with zen, i.e spontaneity. After the reading of Dogen, no. Their is the "right word" for each and every moment - but just for that moment.

 

As we are on a Christian Forum, I would just say that the whole idea of the universal being found in the particular has much to say in terms of  the Incarnation, of a Person of one particular time and place "coming for all".

 

But as I see it, we must beware of the wingnuts who insist that Christianity is uniquely unique!

 

 


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 02:42 AM

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:40 AM

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OOOPS! That's an English Country garden.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:42 AM

It would be more appropriate if you had a garden with a labyrinth and a cow eating.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 12:45 PM

It would be more appropriate if you had a garden with a labyrinth and a cow eating.

 

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Here we have a cow that - apparently - has digested a labyrinth.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:32 PM

Thank you for this visual hymn. A Maze Zen Graze.
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:02 PM

Thank you for this visual hymn. A Maze Zen Graze.


How sweet the ground.
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:05 PM

How sweet the ground.


That honestly did make me laugh out loud!
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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:50 PM

Those pictures are like Mandalas that draw you inward, thanks. 


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:00 AM

I thought everyone had gone to sleep....... :D  My excuse was a visit from the grandchildren. Anyway, Soma's post brought to mind some words of Dogen....."That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening."

 

And - appropriate for a garden thread (especially the weed part) - another Dogen quote......

 

A flower falls even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 02:23 AM

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Reminds me of the scene from the James Bond movie where James, trapped on a tiny island, avoids being eaten by the crocodiles by leaping nimbly across on their heads.

 

 


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 03:50 AM

And for my 1000th post.......

 

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This is a garden "inspired by Japanese Zen Gardens", which won a prize at the Chelsea Flower show. For those not accustomed to spending countless hours on a meditation cushion or staring at a wall for nine years, it is perhaps easy to be fooled by such a poor counterfeit....... :) 

 

 


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 03:54 AM

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A little off topic, but here we have another garden from the Chelsea Flower Show of 2015, this time inspired by synchronised swimming.

 

 


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 07:00 AM

I haven't seen many, but my favorite is the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, SF. I even experienced a dissociative moment while contemplating the garden in the 90's.

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