The meaning of “zen” in the Cambridge English Dictionary is “relaxed and not worrying about things that you cannot change”.
Our beautiful Zen garden in Florida is located in the center of the hotel.
The garden has many unique features and design which represents the five elements philosophy in Japanese Buddhism, godai (“five great”). The elements are: Earth (chi), Water (sui), Fire (ka), Wind (fu), and Void (ku).
Represents the solid and hard objects of the world. A fundamental element. It is often represented by stone as it does not move by itself and has no great energy. As a physical being, chi is represented by bones, tissues and muscles. Emotionally and personality, it is associated with stubbornness and collectiveness but also confidence and stability. This is represented in the garden by large rocks placed throughout the area as well as the various rock gardens (karesansui).
Represents the flow and the formless things of the world. It is represented by water but also plants as they adapt to the ever changing environment in which they are planted. For people, sui are the bodily fluids such as blood. On a emotional and personality aspect, it can represent flexibility, adaptivity and emotions. The various plants, reflection pool and waterfall are examples of sui in the zen garden.
Is the forceful, energetic and moving things in the world. Animals and human are examples of ka. Ka inside people are represented by body heat and metabolism while emotionally it is associated with security, desire and motivation. The example of ka are the people that utilize and maintain the garden.
Fu is are things in the world that expand, grow and have free movement. Examples of fuwould be air and smoke. Fu in the spiritual or mind can represent thoughts, carefree feeling, will and wisdom. Bodily, it represents breathing and respiration. In our garden, fu is represented by the wind blowing through the garden and the wind chime near the entrance of the garden.
Represents not everything, but nothing. It can also mean “sky” or “heaven”. Bodily, it would represent thought, the spirit and the creativity. It can also associated with spontaneity and power. Ku is difficult to represent in the garden as this is predominantly a spiritual aspect. In direct representation can be made by the creative design of the garden, the open sky above and hopefully, the atmosphere which can foster a guest’s mind to think, reflect and be inspired.