The Symbolism of the Taoist Garden

By J. C. Cooper

Studies in Comparative Religion, Autumn 1977

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In a natural and beautiful style, J.C. Cooper captures the depth of meaning intended by Taoist philosophers in their gardens, the earthly expressions of the beauty and splendor of the Mother of All Things. In  the garden, as in Nature, the yin-yang forces are in balance, providing a peaceful place for meditation and renewed awareness of what is meaningful. Cooper describes how this balance is achieved through the use of space, and in the garden's relationship with its surroundings, and how pavilions, waterfalls, trees and flowers are transformed into reflections of Paradise.


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