Celebrating Natural States
Zen gardens offer a mysical retreat into quiet refinement.
Entering the gates is offering the oppurtunity to leaving all ones concerns
behind. The meandering paths offer impressionistic treasures that propel
gliding tranquil expressions. The garden setting provides natural order
of heaven and earth, balanced by elements of Yin/Yang. An ordinary person
can have an unordinary experience discovering groundedness and reassurance.
The first Zen gardens were believed to be orchestrated by Shinto's. Even
thought Shintoism was not a written order, its way of living was through
art of landscape. In absence to indocumentation, Shinto ways to landscape
became an universal expression of warmly inviting outsiders seeking from
any orientation. The garden space of stillness calms the mind so it can
open the imagination and liberally free oneself.
A garden theme purpose promtes vitalizing one's being and remind living
immortality. In fact, Shinto's viewed all things as living, therefore
include every material aspect in detail. Shinto's expressions were design
to promote deep contemplation to vitally rise an ethereal like substance.
Even the protruding rocks themselves were to believed to pulsate a masculine
"CHI" to feel "Qi" (known as vital breath), acquiring
spirit of Zen. Rocks represent an ancient folklore "Sacred String
of Islands" that bring immortality and longevity. The symbol of the
classic red arched bridge fuses gaps within the crossing seas. This "cross-over"
theme within islands was believed to string and unify awareness in transitioning
was not until later around 6th century that Zen landscaping begin evolving
for the purpose of enhancing worship. Zen priests use the fluid medium
of dry landscape "Karesanui" to better enhance their ways of
being. These Zen gardens triggered easy into meditation for practicing
monks. At nights, they would move the candle lit lanterns from the temples
into the gardens so to appreciate evening open skies. As an semi-outdoor
meeting hall, a Tea Room was staged with a waiting bench for the purpose
of spiritual ceremonies in the garden. Whether for spiritual or art, today
the classic expressions of these gardens allows everyone to appreciate
the impressions these environments served, echoed through timeless years.
There are no methods or rules to garden planning
other through trusting intuitive spirit of meditation with design. If
it feels great, then it is promoting the vital source of balance in well
being. Creating comfort of restorative experience can be accomplished
through means of backdrops. These scenery's optimally frees the spirit
as it allows one to drop all negativity and disturbance so contemplation
is grounded in presence. Simplistically as far as choosing design elements,
what you leave out is more important than what you leave in. By allusively
letting go of classic European gardening rules or any other hindered references
will eventually free the mind and allow clean slated reference in design.
The goal is to provide an honest theme of palatable materials conducive
to the surrounding. These include materials that are mostly indigenous
in type. Plant material can authentically be chosen based on climate of
area, aware with environmental aspects and honoring limited water resources
Landscape may be quietly ornamented by accessories that splash to punctuate
garden zenergy. Using concrete lanterns, bamboo ladles, natural hedging,
arched bridges, stupas, hand forged metal bells, calligraphic carvings,
chiseled stone monuments and other crude groupings from modern to ancient
contemporary art forms, all contribute with zenergy. Even the indigenous
rocks can be sculptured by leaving impressionistic chisel marks delivered
by the human hand. Letting all these accessories weather naturally and
develope green moss carpet offers a velvet like feel with the surroundings.
Fencing materials can be tethered bamboo pieces of different assortments
of flats and rounds that can bring implied boundaries, lines and textures
of interest. At smaller spaces, adjusting fence heights with false accentuated
vanishing points at opposite corners give gardens a sensation of larger
basins, ponds and streams add tranquility and purity by both sound and
visual form. Taking account with gravity, water cascading from top shelves
offers different sound variations from an aggressive sheet flow right
into subtle trickling. Such acoustic design variations can be manipulated
as waterdrop sounds range from babbling, splash, gargling, pattering,
etc.,, Where water is not possible, dry waterfall, dry river and dry ponds
can be sculptured into a static softscape, then sound added by an obscured
speaker system. Other sources that emulate water dynamics are wind chimes
or selecting trees which leaves glitter to brisk of winds. Using rain
gutters and rain chains to cascade into stone troughs also add seasonal
tranquil sounds. Even playing with the shade and light beams through canopy
of trees generate feel of flickering water as the dappled impressions
of dark to light dance in contrast within settings of Yin and Yang.
Planting elements offer a genre of their own. The subtle and simple palette
of materials can give an garden an micro illusion that can explode into
the macro world naturally all through scale. The trimming of soft sensuous
masses from dense bushes could offer a cloud like feel. Perhaps on the
less dense bushes, the exposed base limbs can be trimmed emulating a miniature
forest so to create depth and distance backdrop for composition. Conerfours
trees have dignity aura with their pointed needles reaching the ground
to sky. These trees reverend longevity, endured through time as believed
in surviving thousands of years. As in "Bonsai", tying bamboo
splines to small bushes exhilarate time of an old weathered contorted
coniferous tree, assimilating expressions of surviving heavy gusted winds.
Also, accenting with Bamboo shoots may mask unwanted visual surroundings
from neighbouring yards.
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