In the gardens of the Buddha

In the build up to Christmas this year, I have managed to maintain some equanimity. This is the first time in years that I haven’t dreaded the arrival of Christmas. Partly, this is the influence of my  blogging, where I am required to focus on the present and the task at hand. Even so, there are moments when I want to flee Christmas; all of it, the commercial and the religious.  Such a moment happened on Wednesday, so we took ourselves off to the Wat Buddhasamakhee on Marshlands Road. Here there was respite under the peaceful gaze of the Buddhas.

I love the openness and the clean, clear lines of these monastery and Temple gardens. They lend order and simplicity to life but, at the same time, allow for the accumulation of everyday chaos, evident in the children’s toys abandoned exactly where a child would naturally leave them.The Tricycles and the Buddha

This is a pathway to the Temple.Towards the Temple

Here is a  closer view  of the Temple. There is a wonderful orchard  behind the Temple as well as retreat rooms. Chillies, and even banana plants, grow in the huge tunnel house.TempleHere is a view towards the road

Towards the Rose Garden

And this is a view of the newly constructed, mandala shaped rose garden. It is a work in progress, bordered by bricks and weeds.Rose Garden; a work in progress

A new version of a stone wall now separates the rose garden from the road. (There used to be a fence of tall trees.)  It doesn’t separate the roses from the traffic noise, however, so a certain amount of tranquility is lost from that area. It is interesting, though, to watch the traffic travelling by as if they were driving along the stone fence. .   New version of a stone wall

The animal menagerie continues to grow and gives new meaning to the life of plants.Animal in the Plant

The sky was a soothing blue during our visit.  The golden lamp bearers looked like glittering jewels on high, though you wouldn’t guess that from this photo where the golden effect appears tarnished.Lighting up the Sky

Away from the main rose garden, I found this beautiful rose with deep fiery colours,Fire of Life

lighting up the sky, as if it were nature’s very own candle.Nature's light in the sky

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15 thoughts on “In the gardens of the Buddha

  1. Steve Schwartzman

    There are at least two Buddhist centers in Austin, one of them only several miles from where we live. A few years ago we attended Buddha’s birthday festivities at the closer one.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I haven’t been to any of the festivities here. Sometimes a Buddhist friend brings us food from various celebrations but mostly I prefer to visit the centres when they are in quiet mode.

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  2. utesmile

    This is lovely to relax and reflect. Near a museum in London we have aspiritual garden, much smaller , walking htrough and stopping is like we are in another world. Peaceful! Thank you for sharing htis!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes; when I saw your garden the other day, I had just come from the temple gardens and I was amused that we had both been “sitting” on the same fence, in a manner of sitting!

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  3. Clanmother

    What a wonderful place to linger and drink in the quiet solitude and beauty. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

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