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The Magic of the Buddhist Zen gardens of Japan

November 19, 2014

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We are surrounded by noise, the noise from the traffic, the people talking, the factories working, the PCs, televisions, mobile devices and our own thoughts. To calm them down we try to find peace somewhere. And this is something which you can find in a Zen garden. We crave for solitude, piece and stillness to help us calm down and open our minds.

Buddhist Zen gardens are the complete opposite of what we face each day. They are carefully designed and organized, cleverly simple and yet intricate, rich in pattern and poor in variety. Nothing in Zen gardens is accidental. Every rocks and tree has its own place. The moss grows following a certain pattern and the water is still.

Zen gardens are known for the raked areas of sand symbolizing movement of water and waves. This contrast to the noisy and disturbing surrounding of everyday life gives you an instant feel of relief. And that is why these gardens came to existence. They were ideal for meditation, the place where your mind finds it easier to open up. Buddhist Zen gardens are designed following the principles of Kanso, Fukinsei, Shibui, Shizen, Yugen, Datsuzoku, Seijaku, or simplicity, asymmetry, understatedness, artificiality, unconventionality and stillness.

They are abstract creations imitating stillness and changing perception. This is the reason why travelling to Japan to practice daily and surrender to the transforming power of the environment there is part of the MULTIVERSAL education of Qi Yo Multiversal Yoga. Qi Yo Multiversal Yoga will lead an esoteric journey to traditional Zen Japan in April 2015 which is the perfect time to join the many people coming to watch and think under the cherry blossoms blooming from March to April.

The aromatherapy and color therapy of blossoming Kyoto is the perfect initiation toward a deep and successful meditation. The symbolism of these beautiful flowers is centuries long. Each spring they remind the people how fragile and beautiful life is. The greatness of life is celebrated with festivals.
The impermanence of things symbolized by the cherry blossom was also used in more recent history where they were compared to warriors passed in battle and were even though of as their reincarnation.


Through the walks under the cherry blossoms you will also learn about Vipassana or walking meditation. It is an ancient meditation technique which is taught for ten days, a form of mental and physical training. In the first few days you will learn how to free your body from earthly passions and free your mind from immoral thoughts. Through breathing techniques you will also free your mind from other impurities which will make it easier for you to really learn how to observe the world around you and meditate.

Japan’s rich tradition can teach you a lot through the teachings of Zen disciples. You will learn about the public records of their sayings called zen koan and a lot more which will guide you, test you and inspire you on your own path. This way you will master all the noise surrounding you.

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