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Building My Zen Garden


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Kieran Egan had a fantasy. Inspired by a visit to a friends miniature Zen garden on a balcony in Nagoya, he returned home determined to build his own Japanese garden.

Like many men his age, with kids grown up and moved away, he was ready to tackle something new — and tackle was the right word. Even before he began, he had to spend days hacking at the overgrown thicket where his garden would be. At night, dreaming of roots with nothing to do but grow, he thought less about Zen masters than about Dorothy Parker, who observed, “Every year, back comes spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.” In spite of the running conflict between Zen philosophy and his own rather slapdash methods, he succeeded in creating “a treat for the eye and spirit.” Like Michael Pollans A PLACE OF MY OWN, BUILDING MY ZEN GARDEN will appeal to men, and to women as a gift for men. In these prosperous times, when men of the baby-boom generation are often looking for something new, building a Zen garden could very well be it — even if, after reading and laughing at the authors adventures, they never build one themselves.


"Building My Zen Garden" tells of the adventures and occasional mayhem of a Western amateur seeking to create a place of harmony and peace that calms the soul. Photos throughout.

Product Details

Egan, Kieran
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Design and construction
Japanese Gardens
Gardens, Japanese
Japanese Gardens - General
Gardens, Japanese -- Zen influences.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
November 2000
Grade Level:
b/w photographs throughout
9 x 5.5 x 0.69 in 1.01 lb

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