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and#160;The essential elements of a dry Japanese garden are few: rocks, gravel, moss. Simultaneously a sensual matrix, a symbolic form, and a memory theater, these gardens exhibit beautiful miniaturization and precise craftsmanship. But their apparent minimalism belies a true complexity. In Zen Landscapes, Allen S. Weiss takes readers on an exciting journey through these exquisite sites, explaining how Japanese gardens must be approached according to the play of scale, surroundings, and seasons, as well as in relation to other artsandmdash;revealing them as living landscapes rather than abstract designs.
and#160;
Weiss shows that these gardens are inspired by the Zen aesthetics of the tea ceremony, manifested in poetry, painting, calligraphy, architecture, cuisine, and ceramics. Japanese art favors suggestion and allusion, valuing the threshold between the distinct and the inchoate, between figuration and abstraction, and he argues that ceramics play a crucial role here, relating as much to the site-specificity of landscape as to the ritualized codes of the tea ceremony and the everyday gestures of the culinary table.
and#160;
With more than one hundred stunning color photographs, Zen Landscapes is the first in-depth study in the West to examine the correspondences between gardens and ceramics. A fascinating look at landscape art and its relation to the customs and craftsmanship of the Japanese arts, it will appeal to readers interested in landscape design and Japanandrsquo;s art and culture.

Synopsis:

and#8220;Informative and aesthetically pleasing....Explore[s] the significance of the garden in Zen Buddhist practice and describe[s] the various types of gardens the Zen sensibility inspires. Borja...writes knowledgeably about Zen Buddhist thought and the centrality of the garden to Zen practice. He provides a wealth of design and construction information and encourages gardeners to create their own Zen gardens, with suggestions that embrace technical, artistic, and spiritual concerns. Paul Maurerand#8217;s photographs complement the text effectively.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist.

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"Chronicles Zen gardens of all kinds. Many are lush, but others reflect the Japanese sensitivity to the 'soul of stones' and their places of honor. Borja writes knowledgeably about the centrality of the garden to Zen practice, provides a wealth of design and construction information, and encourages gardeners to create their own Zen gardens, with suggestions that embrace technical, artistic, and spiritual concerns. Photographs complement the text effectively."--Booklist. "Life begins on the day you start a garden."--Chinese proverb. They're places for meditation, and for pursuing harmony and spiritual peace. Because of their incredible beauty, Zen gardens have also become one of today's most popular styles. From the history and philosophy behind these remarkable landscapes of water, gravel, and plants to practical facts about building your own, this is a remarkable look at Oriental gardens. Filled with magnificent color photos that display the form at its finest, as well as ancient artworks that inspired gardeners, it reveals the design principles that go into creating this paradise on Earth.

Synopsis:

"Chronicles Zen gardens of all kinds. Many are lush, but others reflect the Japanese sensitivity to the 'soul of stones' and their places of honor. Borja writes knowledgeably about the centrality of the garden to Zen practice, provides a wealth of design and construction information, and encourages gardeners to create their own Zen gardens, with suggestions that embrace technical, artistic, and spiritual concerns. Photographs complement the text effectively."--Booklist. "Life begins on the day you start a garden."--Chinese proverb. They're places for meditation, and for pursuing harmony and spiritual peace. Because of their incredible beauty, Zen gardens have also become one of today's most popular styles. From the history and philosophy behind these remarkable landscapes of water, gravel, and plants to practical facts about building your own, this is a remarkable look at Oriental gardens. Filled with magnificent color photos that display the form at its finest, as well as ancient artworks that inspired gardeners, it reveals the design principles that go into creating this paradise on Earth.

About the Author

and#160;Allen S. Weiss teaches in the Departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author of numerous books, including Mirrors of Infinity: The French Formal Garden and 17th-century Metaphysics, Feast and Folly: Cuisine, Intoxication, and the Poetics of the Sublime, and Varieties of Audio Mimesis: Musical Evocations of Landscape.

Table of Contents

and#160;Introduction: Transformations of Vision

1and#160; Transient Symbols

2and#160; On the Circulation of Metaphor

3and#160; Zen Mountains, Zen Water

4and#160; Cracks

5and#160; Pottery Landscapes

6and#160; The Tea Bowl and the Toilet Bowl

7and#160; Impossible Possibles

Postscript: A Leaf

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Acknowledgements

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Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841881126
Subtitle:
Perspectives on Japanese Gardens and Ceramics
Author:
Maurer, Paul
Author:
Weiss, Allen S.
Author:
Borja, Erik
Author:
Maurer, Paul
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Gardens, Japanese
Subject:
Zen influences
Subject:
Gardens, Oriental
Subject:
Eastern - Zen
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY - PHLSPHY GEN TRD PB
Subject:
Japanese Gardens
Edition Number:
Pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
82
Publication Date:
20131015
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
130 color plates, 20 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
11.25 x 9.06 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
and#8220;Informative and aesthetically pleasing....Explore[s] the significance of the garden in Zen Buddhist practice and describe[s] the various types of gardens the Zen sensibility inspires. Borja...writes knowledgeably about Zen Buddhist thought and the centrality of the garden to Zen practice. He provides a wealth of design and construction information and encourages gardeners to create their own Zen gardens, with suggestions that embrace technical, artistic, and spiritual concerns. Paul Maurerand#8217;s photographs complement the text effectively.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist.

"Synopsis" by , "Chronicles Zen gardens of all kinds. Many are lush, but others reflect the Japanese sensitivity to the 'soul of stones' and their places of honor. Borja writes knowledgeably about the centrality of the garden to Zen practice, provides a wealth of design and construction information, and encourages gardeners to create their own Zen gardens, with suggestions that embrace technical, artistic, and spiritual concerns. Photographs complement the text effectively."--Booklist. "Life begins on the day you start a garden."--Chinese proverb. They're places for meditation, and for pursuing harmony and spiritual peace. Because of their incredible beauty, Zen gardens have also become one of today's most popular styles. From the history and philosophy behind these remarkable landscapes of water, gravel, and plants to practical facts about building your own, this is a remarkable look at Oriental gardens. Filled with magnificent color photos that display the form at its finest, as well as ancient artworks that inspired gardeners, it reveals the design principles that go into creating this paradise on Earth.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Chronicles Zen gardens of all kinds. Many are lush, but others reflect the Japanese sensitivity to the 'soul of stones' and their places of honor. Borja writes knowledgeably about the centrality of the garden to Zen practice, provides a wealth of design and construction information, and encourages gardeners to create their own Zen gardens, with suggestions that embrace technical, artistic, and spiritual concerns. Photographs complement the text effectively."--Booklist. "Life begins on the day you start a garden."--Chinese proverb. They're places for meditation, and for pursuing harmony and spiritual peace. Because of their incredible beauty, Zen gardens have also become one of today's most popular styles. From the history and philosophy behind these remarkable landscapes of water, gravel, and plants to practical facts about building your own, this is a remarkable look at Oriental gardens. Filled with magnificent color photos that display the form at its finest, as well as ancient artworks that inspired gardeners, it reveals the design principles that go into creating this paradise on Earth.

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