Zen Gardening: A Down-to-Earth Philosophy

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Our relationship with our garden mirrors our relationship with all the world - nourishing, reciprocal, deeply connected. Taking inspiration from the words of writers, artists, and great Zen thinkers, this book recounts the incomparable satisfaction we can achieve by working in harmony with nature instead of battling against it...and reminds us of the lessons we can learn, and the joy we can reap, through gardening.
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Overview

Our relationship with our garden mirrors our relationship with all the world - nourishing, reciprocal, deeply connected. Taking inspiration from the words of writers, artists, and great Zen thinkers, this book recounts the incomparable satisfaction we can achieve by working in harmony with nature instead of battling against it...and reminds us of the lessons we can learn, and the joy we can reap, through gardening.
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Virgil's Palinurus was Aeneas's helmsman who fell victim to the god of sleep. His namesake in this complex, beautiful novel, is also a guide to a novel that straddles the conscious and subconscious, life and death. A combination of Dante's Virgil, Lemuel Gulliver and the little prince, Palinuro leads readers through congeries of cultural and medical reference. Having been raised largely free of a "disgust for life," Palinuro, his beloved cousin Estefania and pedantic cousin Walter describe the body in detail that both repels and enchants. On the face of it, this is the story of Palinuro, a more or less contemporary medical student who lives with his cousin Estefania, and an overheated imagination. But it is also about the power (and powerlessness) of words to define and influence. Palinuro's obsessive fantasizing about the personal life of objects in his room (including an unbeatable passage on the dying days of his mirror); the boarder, don Prospero's compulsive reading of the encyclopedia; and a Proustian description of childhood, are all searingly beautiful. Del Paso's characterizations, often an accumulation of details that become sharply focused, are brilliant, as when he describes Grandmother Altagracia, "who played `Clair de Lune' on the piano and knew how to lower her lashes in gatherings to hide her spiritual myopia, read the Reader's Digest Selections and remembered having once seen a Titian original." And little beats the humorous pastiche of "Palinuro's Travels Among the Advertising Agencies and other Imaginary Islands." What defines the book, though, are the fetid, pullulating, intimate, miraculous realities of life and its ultimate fragility. (July) FYI: When it was originally published in Mexico in 1977, Palinuro won the Romulo Galegos prize, which is awarded every five years for the best Spanish-language novel, and won the Prix au Meilleur Livre Etranger in 1985 when it was translated into French.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425152997
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 5.72 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Planning My Garden 4
Spring 13
The Lilacs 20
The Raised Beds 26
Work 32
The Oak Tree 38
Here Comes the Sun 44
St. Francis of Assisi 49
Midsummer's Eve 55
Walking 62
Life Cycles 67
The Pine Trees 75
My Garden, Myself 82
In Good Company 90
No Expectations 97
Mindfulness 103
The Kitchen Garden 108
Weather 115
Seeing 121
Communication 126
Finding Peace 132
Pure Pleasure 138
Sitting 143
Creatures Great and Small 148
Recycling 153
Flowers 158
Herbs 163
Abundant Harvest 169
Little Buddhas 174
Same Time, Next Year 179
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