The garden might function as a portal between two different landscapes entities.

The garden can be perceived as a moment of standstill from which to contemplate the world outside. *7

The impulse to garden in hard times has deep roots. Jennifer W. Atkinson

'The disadvantage of living in the mountains is the isolation whereas the disadvantage of living in the town is the commotion; best of all is to live in the garden, thus partaking of the advantages of both circumstances'. *6   

WENDELBOS MARKNESSE NL

'In a traditional Japanese or Chinese garden,

it's not only about the building or temple

but about the whole setup -

the structure, the landscape, the light,

the plants, the water.

The whole experience that makes your life there so beautiful'. *3


The MA: SPACE TIME IN THE GARDEN OF RYOAN *5

 

The garden is a medium

fot meditation

Perceive the blankness

Listen to the voice of 

the silence

Imagine the void filled

 

Perceive not the objects 

but the distance

between them

not the sounds

but the pauses

they leave unfilled

 

Are the rock placed

on the ground

the islands of paradise

is the white sand the

vast ocean

that distances them 

from this world

 

B r e a t h e

Swallow this garden

let it swallow you

Become one with it