Zen Garden


“THE GARDEN signifies the flowing of eternal life through the mystery of time. The origin of existence is unknowable, but it arises beyond the peaks of the great mountains whose lofty summits are forever hidden in the clouds of the unknowing. The river of Being always appears the same, but the water is ever-changing, and the old ripples will never come again. Along the banks of the stream of infinite life, humans build their villages, raise their children, live a little while, and then vanish like raindrops that fall upon the surface of a pond. The river has no shape, but it takes on the boundaries which it carves out of itself; so is the mind boundless until it creates a prison by its own thoughts.”

A Zen monk explaining the monastery garden. From ‘Buddhism and Psychotherapy’, Manly P. Hall.
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