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A Garden for Enlightenment

An Interview with Martin Mosko

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Enlightened Buddha by Vicki Rawlins

The art of “synchronizing yourself to the natural flow of the energy that surrounds you”

Martin Mosko is the abbot of the Buddhist Hakubai Temple in Boulder, Colorado, and founder of Marpa, a landscape architecture and building firm that has built award-winning gardens throughout the United States and abroad. Together with his wife, Alxe Noden, he is the author of Landscape as Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden and, most recently, The Sound of Cherry Blossoms: Zen Lessons from the Garden on Contemplative Design. S&H spoke with Mosko about the relationship between our inner and outer worlds, the importance of using metaphorical systems to guide garden design, and the challenge of creating gardens with a Japanese aesthetic on an American scale. …

From The Sound of Cherry Blossoms, by Martin Hakubai Mosko and Alxe Noden, © 2018 by Martin Hakubai Mosko and Alxe Noden. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boulder, Colorado.

Sam Mowe is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. His interviews have also appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Sun. He is also the editor of Lineages, a publication of the Garrison Institute. Sam is a regular contributor to Spirituality & Health. 

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