Zen Garden Design: Mindful Spaces By Shunmyo Masuno – Japan


Zen Buddhist priest Shunmyo Masuno understands that today’s busy world leaves little time or space for self-reflection, but that a garden–even in the most urban of spaces–can provide some respite. In his words, “The garden is a special spiritual place where the mind dwells.” With this in mind, Masuno designs spectacular Japanese gardens and landscapes with the aim of helping people achieve a balanced life in the 21st century.

This book explores Masuno’s design process and ideas, which are integral to his daily Zen training and teachings. It features 16 unique gardens and contemplative landscapes completed since 2012 in six countries–all thoughtfully described and documented with full-color photos and drawings. Readers will also find an insightful essay on Masuno’s philosophy of garden design and a conversation between the designer and famed architect Terunobu Fujimori. Zen Garden Design provides an in-depth examination of Masuno’s gardens and landscapes–not just as beautiful spaces, but as places for meditation and contemplation.

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