ON THE NATURE OF A GARDEN


'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'. Wang Shizhen (1526-1590)

'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