the garden as a portal


The garden might function as a portal between two different landscapes entities.

The garden can be perceived as a moment of standstill from which to contemplate the world outside. *7

'The disadvantage of living in the mountains

is the isolation whereas the disadvantage of living in the town

is the commotion; best of all is to live in the garden,

thus partaking of the advantages of both circumstances'. *6   

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'In a traditional Japanese or Chinese garden,

it's not only about the building or temple

but about the whole setup -

the structure, the landscape, the light,

the plants, the water.

The whole experience that makes your life there so beautiful'. *3


MA: SPACE TIME IN THE GARDEN OF RYOAN *5

The garden is a medium

for meditation
Perceive the blankness
Listen to the voice of the
silence
Imagine the void filled

 

Perceive not the objects
but the distance
between them
not the sounds
but the pauses
they leave unfilled

 

Are the rocks placed
on the ground
the islands of paradise
is the white sand the
vast ocean
that distances them
from this world

 

B r e a t h e
Swallow this garden
Let it swallow you
Become one with it