Does anyone have a Zen garden?
In my dream home, I'd love to have a zen garden with tasked stones, rocks -I know they symbolize different things, a Buddha statue, Japanese lamp, and a water feature. I live in an apartment, so I bought a small sand garden for a tabletop. I spend hours watching Youtube of different Zen gardens, various statutes, etc. I'm hoping, if I ever buy a place, I'll have at least a patio for something like a Zen garden
Here is a pic of one that really speaks to me:
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A little water feature is nice for the running water sound, but IMO a calm place in the shade where you can just sit and enjoy your surroundings is all you need. Here's mine, such as it is:
It was great for meditations for about 20 minutes from the time I declared it finished. I had even gone to a stone yard to purchase monolithic larger rocks; it cost quite a bit and even these were not quite contempletive enough. The texture and colors dull and not really as well-proportioned as I had hoped. Railway timbers were the edge barriers; ugly. Even in the summer, dead leaves cluttered the raked sand patterns; the rain washed away the pattern; the winter cold heaved what was once level ground covered in fine white sand. Huge weeds seemed to break ground overnight; I dug them out, tried to even the sand patterns, and up they popped once more. However, the tiger eye sumacs and Japanese maples did fine as did the boxwood and black elderberry, but the chartreuse tiger eyes were not supposed to have root suckers; still they appeared and pushed through nearby decking to meet the sun and outside the rr tie barriers into the grass; not good. I've come to the conclusion that central Ohio is just not the correct geographical location to make a zen garden. Maybe I needed a Buddha and a gong?
Best of luck creating THE spot you envision in YOUR own backyard. Be sure you're not under the LifeFlight helicopters' flight plans to the city hospital with the pad. The natural world's suburban white(?) noise is sooooo...distracting as you think of the suffering journey of the lives above you racing for care. Trying to be empathetic and present at the same time...Ga-chomp, ga-chomp, ga-chomp...
The tasks to keep the garden zen-like is a wicked taskmaster. What I did not realize then is all that's really necessary is to see your perfect zen garden in your mind's eye as you meditate.
Next project: a tiny little putting green! LOL.
Or, a garden in which the planted things die and unwanted things thrive? I call that my "Darwinian Garden"