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#155018 - 06/12/05 11:55 PM Zen Gardens
Kintama Offline
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We use words all the time to describe something that is without words, then I remembered my first visit to Kyoto over 10 years ago.
I found some photos online that show the only zen garden I visited...During winter, the snow is also arainged. The effect is indescribable. I don't consider myself overly spiritual or emotional, but the effect the garden had on me was on a few different levels. my body felt a vibration like I was at a very loud concert, except there was nothing to hear. My mind felt like a baby's not really comprehending. My heart felt relaxed.
http://phototravels.net/kyoto/zen-gardens-ryogen-in.html

Bodhidharma described Zen as:

"Not reliant on the written word,
A special transmission separate from the scriptures;
Direct pointing at one's mind,
Seeing one's nature, becoming a Buddha."

Zen Gardens are a way of transmitting without words.

I've visted many times since, but have yet to experience the garden in the same way each time.

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#155019 - 06/13/05 12:18 AM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: Kintama]
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Take me with you....

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#155020 - 06/14/05 04:25 PM Moments of wonder [Re: JoelM]
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(Something I recently shared with friends.)

I remember seeing Andre Segovia in concert as a child. A chair, a stand with a glass of water, and a small man in black on stage with a guitar. So odd, so many people crammed into a tiny space and making no sound.

A still little man in black, and out of that stillness came the most incredible sound that I still remember the feeling of wonder that came over me.

-Narda

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#155021 - 06/14/05 08:16 PM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: Kintama]
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aaahh! simply wonderful!

I'd like one of these at home! The nearest I have to it at the moment is a garden with camellias and stones and a dragon.
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#155022 - 06/14/05 08:42 PM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: Reiki]
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for fear of sounding ignorant, I appreciate the aesthetic value of the zen gardens, and i m sure more learned people attach a greater meaning to them than i ever could.
But, as it seems that reality and zen are not mutually exclusive ideas, I would like a garden that I could walk around in.

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#155023 - 06/14/05 08:59 PM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: JoelM]
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Take me with you....




Me too!

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#155024 - 06/14/05 11:05 PM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: KiDoHae]
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Take me with you....




Me too!




FIELD TRIP!!!!!!

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#155025 - 06/15/05 03:21 AM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: JoelM]
nenipp Offline
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or garden party?

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#155026 - 06/15/05 03:49 AM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: JoelM]
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Quote:

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Take me with you....




Me too!




FIELD TRIP!!!!!!




Sign me up!!!!!

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#155027 - 06/16/05 10:19 AM Re: Zen Gardens [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
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If we are planning a field trip...could we go at Cherry Blossom time? (Hmm, Hmmm, Hmmm...imagine the Cherry Blossom Song)

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