the gardener’s way

March 28th, 2013


You are all perfect the way you are, and you could use a little improvement.

—Suzuki Roshi


  1. Just like a koan!

    Comment by Edith — March 28, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

  2. What a tranquil setting! Blessed are the hands and the souls who can create such beauty and, blessed are we who can summon the stored blissfull feelings such places evoke! Thanks for the moment Karen.

    Comment by Daisy Marshall — March 28, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

  3. Yes, I am grateful for all the hands that handed me this: my own backyard.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — March 28, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

  4. Love.

    Comment by Jena — March 29, 2013 @ 7:43 am

  5. Makes me wish I lived in a little hut in your backyard.

    Comment by JackBFemale — March 29, 2013 @ 11:16 am

  6. Yes, well, there’s one of those too.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — March 29, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  7. I love the gentle humor in that quote; and how it reminds me that is my stance as a parent, at times. In that role, there needs to be a “full stop” after the word ‘are’!

    Comment by Anne — March 29, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  8. I have just finished Michael Yapko’s “Mindfulness and Hypnosis”. His chapter 6 is “Paradoxes (Or Are They?) Evident in Practice”. It is very relevant to your quotation given here. Turns out that our lives and thinking are not so straightforward. Who knew?

    Comment by Bill Kirby — March 30, 2013 @ 3:56 am

  9. Why don’t you retell some of the stories about this garden’s history?

    Comment by Ray Watkins — April 4, 2013 @ 2:27 am

  10. I will, Ray. The book will be called Paradise in Plain Sight: The Way of the Zen Gardener. It will be published by New World Library next spring.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — April 4, 2013 @ 5:31 am

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