The Nature of Zen
If you love the idea of Zen, but can't fathom taking hours to create endless sand patterns, understanding a bit about the philosophy behind Zen will help you choose the right items for your Zen garden. What is Zen? Where did Zen come from? Why would you want Zen in your garden?
Quite literally, the word "Zen" means "meditation." Zen is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism that is centered upon achieving enlightenment through meditation. Therefore, all things that are considered "Zen" are meant to help a person gain inner insight and tranquility.
By creating a garden space that incorporates elements of Zen, you may just find that inner peace you have always been searching for. Or, in the very least, you may just discover another way to turn your garden into a harmonic haven.