Zen Garden

We think that a zen garden must be a formal creation, a space that illustrates our own empty space by how it reflects against us. While Zen Gardens are not Taoist, the concept is very much in a Taoist’s heart. I feel the world itself is always a Zen Garden if we are open to see it as such.

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Chapter 21
Zen Garden


The line art of this chapter doesn’t translate very well to an HTML page. So I deleted it for the online version. Zen doesn’t care about rules. It’s about experiencing flow.

What flows in one medium may not flow in another medium. Change for each step, flow in a way that is graceful and not forced in life. The very flow of Zen demands I change this chapter to fit this moment rather than copy a past moment that is not relevant for now.

We often try to force into our heart flows that will hurt us.


Adapt, Change and Evolve and let your heart be true to your creative nature.


To freely grow from the ember inside…


Unfolding from inner wellsprings of the soul. Always remember the heart is the center of a Taoist Zen Garden.

The lines of a Zen Garden

Copyright 2005 Christian Ethan Mosconi

Follow the growth of your life.
Yet also remember to yield.

one must bend
in the floating world
snow on the bamboo


Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine,
or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo.
In doing so, you must leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself.
Otherwise you impose yourself on the object and do not learn.


For the individual trained in the practice of Zen meditation,
this state of mind is what he works at constantly,
not only in sitting meditation, but in his daily activities.


Zen has roots within Chan Buddhism which in turn was influenced by Taoism. So as a Taoist I find Zen practice to be refreshing in its nature. Within Zen, the concept of the Zen Garden leaves me most at peace. As a Taoist I consider every moment of my life is within a vast Zen Garden. Watching the world moving within lines of motion and forms of empty space. For myself, every moment is spent in meditation and awareness as I see mother earth as a complete Zen Garden.

The West atomizes everything into distinct realms and subjects for purpose of the ego to control. Taoism instead drops the ego and teaches methods on how to integrate all aspects of life into a complete experience.

If one truly desires to learn Taoism,
then practice embracing the world itself as a Zen Garden.

Casey Kochmer

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Live life kindly, gracefully, with modesty while embracing a colorful story to enjoy!

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