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.