With the past no longer and the present quickly retreating, we
struggle to construct our future. We nonetheless cannot work on
such a project without the knowledge and skills acquired from past
experience. Such experience contains the origin of our lives as
understood through traditions, customs, cultures, and the social
worlds in which we exist. These are the elements of our individual
gardens, layers of the natural world that infuse our beings with
spiritual meaning. Walk through your garden and you will see the
world of your parents, grandparents, culture and history.
We cannot live outside of our garden, it is our destiny - but we
can strive to live better within it. The simplest and most mundane
aspects of your garden have the ability to enhance its metaphysical
qualities. Tend to your garden and you tend to your soul. Each rock,
flower, leaf or handful of soil consciously regarded fulfills to
the utmost one's spiritual mission as a living creature.
The garden of Deng Guoyuan is both a message and an invitation.
It is a message from one who has engaged in conscious creation and
cultivation of their garden. And, it is an invitation to communicate
and possibly awaken similar sentiment in others. A well-tended garden
is a message of peace and a prayer for justice.
A conscious cultivation of life, one's garden is a microcosm of
Through its singular display of birth, death and rebirth, the garden
affirms the notion that harmony and justice travel the same path.
The healthy garden reflects a natural symbiosis amidst diversity,
an understanding of just cause and effect. In both the metaphor
of the garden and its real-life splendor, the potential for peaceful
co-existence is displayed in a manner for all to understand and
A healthy society is like a healthy garden - each member afforded
the opportunity to fulfill their right to life. Each element of
our garden has a role, a purpose, a place within the whole. Where
there is life as we know it, however rudimentary or complex, there
is a will to live, a desire to survive. The age-old question for
mankind has been how to acknowledge and respect the place of all
life in the struggle for existence. The garden is a place to seek
~ Nadesha Mijoba, Director