8 Feb 2001 sarum   » (Journeyer)

How to make your own Pot-Zen Garden(TM)

You need:

  • One large, flat, black terracotta dish
  • Some silversand
  • An appropriate stone or two
  • A european fork or miniature rake

As you go around life find and select an appropriate stone for your garden. You should spend some time meditating on your stone to make sure it is right for you. It should not be too big as that will unbalance your garden and it may fall off the side table you put it on (you will then have sand everywhere).
Clean out your terracotta dish, yesterdays lasagna will detract from the ambience of the garden and will start to smell after a time.
Making it:
Pour enough sand in the terracotta dish to about half fill it. Level the sand. The next and most important part is to consult your local geomancer for the most auspicious location of your stone(s) in the dish. The location of your stone(s) is vital to the garden's cosmic balance. If you don't have a local geomancer then you will just have to look in one of those cheap Feng Shui books and hope for the best. Next get a fork and starting at one edge mark the sand with straight and/or wavy lines. Simple patterns are best left until you fully understand Zen as they can be dangerous to the unpractised mind.
Using it:
Place the Pot-Zen Garden in a place so you can see it without tripping over it every 5 minutes. Then sit calmly and meditate on the garden.
It is good idea to clean the sand out every few days, especially if you know any smokers as a large expanse of sand seems to collect their cigarette butts.

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