Zen Home Decor Can Bring a Subtle Touch of Peace to Your Surroundings

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.

Social Networking for Amateur Home Decorators

Social networking for amateur home decorators is one of the newest trends on the internet. The social network provides a neighborhood where amateur home decorators can showcase their projects and receive feedback and inspiration from other members of the community.

We know what we like and aren’t afraid to do the work ourselves. We will usually tackle just about any project, no professional landscapers, interior designers or decorators needed.

A little bit of advice, suggestions and ideas are certainly welcome from professionals and other home decorators. But, that’s were it stops! We have fun and welcome the challenges that come with decorating our homes.

There’s definitely a lot of information to be found from remodeling a kitchen to refinishing a piece of furniture. We are lucky to have shows like HGTV and Martha Stewart that are full of creative people that share ideas, advice and suggestions.

BHG, Coastal Home, and Southern Living are just a few of the many magazines available. These magazines fill their pages with fabulous pictures, decorating ideas, gardening, and cooking ideas.

The biggest by far and my personal favorite is, social networking through the internet. Amateur home decorators are able to share our home decorating ideas with like minded people. Our ideas are shared through images, slide shows and videos. We communicate through websites, blogs, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m an artist that has fun creating for our home. I have no interest in selling these creations or creating for other homes, but I do like sharing my ideas. Social networking has made sharing my home decorating and cooking ideas possible.

When I first began my website I was surprised by all the home decorating sites that are available. These sites consist of like minded people sharing all their secrets through images and content. Link parties have become very popular with site owners sharing their ideas in one location. This is a great opportunity for visitors to be introduced to other home decorating sites and to gather information.

There are other social networking sites that are similar to a club, but you join and become a member for free. All that’s needed to join and participate is an e-mail address and password. The sites are for site owners, professionals and visitors and offer opportunity for communicating and sharing ideas through a comment page and images.

The member sites offer a range of different opportunities. There are those that offer a way to store images, videos, photo albums and slide shows as well as communication with other members. You can also share your collection of images through e-mail, Twitter and Facebook. Site owners can embed and link images to their own website or blog.

I found slide shows work well on website or blog pages. I don’t know about you, but I like to see a lot of photos of decorating projects. The down side, web pages take a long time to load when too many photos are on a page. The up side to slide shows, the capability to show a lot of photos that do not take a long time to load.

If you like sharing and communicating with like minded people, than you definitely should try social networking with fellow home decorators on the internet. You will be able to gain a lot of information, knowledge and inspiration.