Tuesday 30th June 2009 by C. Freeman
Year 7 students created their own miniature Zen gardens after learning about their symbolism in Humanities. Miss James explained how Buddhists developed stylised arrangements of simple elements to heighten their meditation practices.
Rocks symbolise the sky or animals while an 'eight-fold path' represents eternity. Sand and gravel is typically swirled into patterns to suggest water and the whole garden should induce calmness and serenity. The students created their own versions from natural materials then explained to their classmates why they had chosen and arranged key elements in particular patterns.