The Sound of Cherry Blossoms: Zen Lessons from the Garden on Contemplative Design

The Sound of Cherry Blossoms: Zen Lessons from the Garden on Contemplative Design

by Martin Hakubai Mosko, Alxe Noden


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611804539
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,234,561
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Martin Mosko (Hakubai Daishin) is the abbot of Hakubai Temple in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches Buddhism and design. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied art and Sanskrit. In 1974 he founded Marpa, a landscape architecture and building firm whose gardens have won numerous awards and have been published in magazines and books throughout the world. 
Alxe Noden is a writer, editor, and photographer who has written several other books, including Landscape as Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden (with Martin Mosko), and has made a documentary about the creation of a contemplative garden. She has studied Tibetan Buddhism both in the United States and abroad for more than twenty-five years.

Table of Contents

The Beginning xi

The View

Start mindfully and with a clear vision 3

Clarify your definitions 3

Work with the active forces available 9

Understand the language you have to work with 11

Use your language to create poetry 17

Study the mandala principle 18

Understand scale and proportion 20

Search for balance and harmony 23

Walk in beauty, seek it and create it 25

Find meaning through insight, take lessons from nature 28

Turn aspirations into practical goals 30

Examine and correct your motivation 32

Learn meditation as the foundation of contemplative design 33

Dedicate your merit 39

The Process

Examine the environment without projections 43

Consider your constraints and learn to create within them 46

Organize your materials in coherent patterns 49

Connect Heaven, Earth, and Man 50

Achieve a natural sense of flow 53

Arrange materials to heighten awareness 58

Engage the imagination of the viewer 64

Use visualization as the structure of contemplative design 66

Evaluate the design and adapt it to the vision 72

Opening the Eyes of the Garden

Move from meditation to action 77

Share the vision 81

Build a strong foundation 85

Face your fear 87

Learn to listen carefully 89

Learn the art of placement 91

Define the relationships within the space 92

Leave your attachments behind 94

Spaciousness and Not Knowing

Explore the don't-know mind 101

Join craft and art 102

Join time and timelessness 105

Join light and dark 109

Join Heaven and Earth 112

Acknowledgments 117

Appendix 1 A Guided Meditation/Visualization to Open the Space of the Mind before Designing 119

Appendix 2 Working with the Five Elements 121

Suggested Reading 144

About the Authors 146

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