Zen Buddhism is rooted in the Chan sect of China and its two principle sub-sects Linji (Jap. Rinzai) and Caodong (Jap. Soto). The tranquility sought by practitioners is embodied in the White-robed Kannon, a Bodhisattva Image of compassion seated informally on a rocky crag beside a turbulent ocean. Images such as these, often jump to our minds when we hear the word Zen. While many of us may not be disciplined enough to follow the path, we can ensure that we are in touch with it by practicing Zen Home Decorating.
Like the infinite universe that surrounds us, there are myriad ways that we can make use of Zen Home Furnishings. Many admire or enjoy the act of gardening in accordance with traditions rooted in practice. Others feel comfortable Buddhist Decorating in other ways. A Buddha Statue in a quiet corner of your home can serve as a focal point for your meditations.
In When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron notes that “Bodhidharma brought Zen Buddhism from India to China. He was well known for being fierce and uncompromising. There is a story about how he kept nodding off during meditation, so he cut off his eyelids. When he threw them on the ground, they turned into a tea plant, and then he realized he could simply drink the tea to stay awake! He was uncompromising in that he wanted to know what was true, and he wasn’t going to take anybody else’s word for it. His big discovery was that by looking directly into our own heart, we find the awakened Buddha, the completely unclouded experience of how things really are.”
For those of us not quite up to eyelid removal, Zen Home Decoration might be the most suitable option. Zen Wall Décor can bring an exotic touch to our interior space while serving as a reminder to the awakened Buddha that lies within us. Of course, there are many who have only been exposed to Hollywood portrayals of Buddhist practices. Whether it be the martial arts genre embodied by Bruce Lee as the Kato in the Green Hornet and his American hit Enter the Dragon, or Quentin Tarantino’s approach in Kill Bill, we have long been exposed to some of the practices associated with Buddhism in popular western culture. For more general audiences, Pat Morita will always be remembered for his role in The Karate Kid and the mantra “Wax on, Wax Off”.
Dry-landscape gardens (kare sansui), re-create in miniature a vast natural scene of mountains and river landscape leading to a broad, calm sea; raked white gravel is used to suggest water. While such a project might be a bit much for many, outdoor Zen Furnishings can bring such a scene to a quiet corner of your outdoor space. Buddha décor can serve as a wonderful focal point for our outdoor design plans.
In the Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Buddha asks “And what, monks, is the Noble Truth of the Way of Practice Leading to the Cessation of Suffering? It is just this Noble Eightfold Path, namely: Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration.” Together the Path guides the practitioner’s actions, mindfulness and concentration while each element is dependent on the other.
Zen Furnishings can help to create an atmosphere that supports your desire to study the Path. By providing yourself and visitors to your home with exposures to Zen Interior Décor, you actively encourage yourself and those around you to explore. It is that adventurous aspect of Buddhist Decorating that is often sought by the traveler inside us. The theme seems to evoke excitement bathed in the exotic.