Well if you happen to live in Delhi / North India and are fed of this extreme heat and are wondering that will it ever be possible to create a perfect terrace / balcony / backyard garden for yourself? Then believe me your are not alone...
There are only two things that characterize Delhi,
1) Less space or rather extremely less space
2) Extreme weather conditions, so if you are not a connoisseur in gardening, you will have a hard time setting up your dream garden.
Working with these two constraints, Zen Gardens can be just the perfect solution!
So what is a Zen Garden?
Original to Japan, these are dry landscapes that uses gravel and rocks to recreate setting depicting water flow and mountains. Various other native elements like mosses, bamboo water features, Koi ponds etc are added to make the garden complete.
Created by Zen masters, these were used by students for their daily doses of meditation.
Origin of Zen Gardens
Zen gardens originated sometime between 800 AD to 1000 AD in Japan, and were influenced by the Buddha gardens of Song Dynasty in China. The buddha gardens in China were in turn influenced by the Buddhisht Mandala Gardens of Tibet and which had it roots in the oldest Buddist Temples of India.
In fact, birth place of Buddha, the India state of Bihar gets its name from Vihar, which means pleasure garden of a monastic precinct. Though the temple gardens of India have almost nothing in common, architecturly, with the Zen gardens of Japan, but both had same aim i.e. creating a meditative environment for the seekers.
Key elements of a Zen Garden
The principles of Zen, which include: Austeriy, Simplicity, Naturalness, Imperfection, Assymetry, Stillness are all part of any Zen artform and Zen Gardens are no different. They aim to create a meditative mindset and environment, bring peace and tranquaility to its viewer.
Any landscape which meets the above principles in way can be classified as a Zen garden. For example take the picture below: Simple, Mimimal, Still yet Grand is a perfect exmaple of a Desktop Zen Garden.
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Other example of creating a miniature Zen Garden, would be these beautiful
So if you are constrainted for space, want to create a beautiful natural landscape that can surivie India's heat! You have not no better option but to create your own Table top / Desktop Zen Garden. You can use your creativity to produce any Zen landscape on your desktop either through Desktop Zen Gardens or Zen Terrariums.We deal with terrariums later, which will need more maintenace the a Rock Zen Garden.
In case you do want to create one for your self, try out our Zen Garden DIY kit:
Desktop Zen Gardens DIY Project
The kit contains following and can be assembled by you at home.
1. Wooden Tray
2. White Filtered Sand
3. Stones and Pebbles
4. Wooden Rake
5. Other Zen elements like: Lotus flower, wooden bridge, Buddha Statue, Pot & plants, incense holders and candles
Rest is up to your imagination and creativtiy.
Benefits of creating a Zen Garden
For an individual creating a Zen Garden can be a great stress buster and at the same time a great way to meditate. Some of the benefits of working with Zen Gardens include:
1. Stress Release: Playing through rake and sand, creating patterns with no expectation. Creating landscapes through pebbles, stones and wood. All can be a great stress buster. Specially in office sipping tea and rearanging your Desktop Zen garden can turn out to be efficient way of killing stress.
2. Increased concentration: Just focusing on the visual pattern on your Desktop Zen garden can help you increase concentration. The minor details of a Zen Garden can be both intriguing as well as meditative.
3. Increasing Creative Flow: Creating a new pattern or landscape with minimal design elements can sure trun up your creative juices. Zen Creativity is all about simplicity and elegance. The balance and imperfection that is depicted in nature is best represented by a Zen Garden.
4. Stillness and Calmness: Aka a Meditative Mindset, is the GOAL of any Zen practice and Zen Gardening is no different. Being meditative simply means being Aware and Alert with no thoughts, a state often discribed as 'No Mind' state in Buddhism. The pristine White sand, carefully drawn patterns depicting mountains and river flow, is a perfect natural setting for drawing any meditator to a 'no mind' or still and calm state.
5. A great decor item for home: Of course, Zen Gardens also make out to be a great decor element for any corner of your room. Place them anywhere to create a perfect and meditative setting.
Sharing with you are some of the Zen Gardens that we have worked with along with their meaning and wisdom they foretell
White Lotus Circular Zen Garden
This extremely simple and elegant piece has some profound wisdom.. Following are the components of this Zen Garden
1. Circle : Zen circles, seemingly perfect in their continuity, balance, and sense of completeness, and yet often irregular in execution, are at once the most fundamentally simple and the most complex shape.
2. Lotus Flower: Lotus has a special place in Buddishm, it represents the witnessing quality of the being. In the water yet untouched by it
3. Wave pattern on Gravel: Represents the stillness of the water beneath
So all the three togather create not only a visual treat but a great mediation kit as well.
Under The Bodhi Tree Desktop Zen Garden
Bodhi tree has a huge significane in Buddhism, the tree under which Gautam became the Buddha. It was peaceful night, sitting under a bodhi tree next to flowing stream, Buddha became light to the world.
Under the Bodhi Tree Zen Garden tries to recreate the same scene, with square with black pebbles representing the base of the tree where buddha sat and the white pebbles surrounding the squre representing the flow of the stream.
Abstract Themed Modern Desktop Zen Garden
This simple Zen Garden is in the most basic form represents the island and river flow, most basic and yet most elegant form of Zen Gardens.
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and do share the pictures of your DIY Zen Garden Project!