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Real Art and Zen Dragon Special Holiday Gift

The picture below is of a real dragon that visited the Art and Zen Sanctuary.

This dragon posed so nicely for a photo, we think it would make a special desktop picture for our visitor’s computers. Put some free color in your Black Friday!

Dragon Fly Desktop Gift from Frank Kliewer - Art and Zen
Dragon Fly Desktop Gift from Frank Kliewer – ArtAndZen.com

So, left click for a larger version, and then right-click to copy and then save this gift for your use. We’ve formatted it with green bands on the sides to place folders and documents off the main picture area for a more organized and uncluttered (Zen) desktop approach.

As with the Fire Dragon lurking around here at this site and in the Art and Zen Sanctuary, not a pixel has been disturbed…this is a true image.

Enjoy, while we play in the Sanctuary for a few days!

Tranquil Zen Fire at the Kubota Garden

While Zen is often equated with tranquility, the fire of hard work is at the core of an effective practice. There is no better example of practicing Art and Zen in landscaping than the monumental accomplishment of Fujitaro Kubota and his sons Tak and Tom.

In 1927, Fujitaro purchased 5 acres of logged-off swamp land and began exercising his passion for gardening. Over the years, the garden grew into 20 acres of the most scenic landscaping imaginable. The Kubota family brought in huge boulders (over 400 tons of stone), creating water courses while planting the most magnificent plants and trees. In the middle of fulfilling his dream, Fujitaro and his family were forced into internment at Camp Minidoka in Idaho during World War II. Most men would have been discouraged by such treatment, but not the Kubota men. Fujitaro was driven by a passion to have his garden one day open to the public to improve American understanding of Japanese culture and worked until his death in 1973 at the age of 94 to fulfill his dream.

Now designated a historic landmark by the City of Seattle, it remains a hidden treasure, with few visitors, which helps support the tranquil atmosphere. The Kubota Garden is located very close to the Zen Monastery Frank supervised in construction. It was at the Kubota Garden that Frank inquired about finding a Zen landscape artist and was quickly referred to Terry Welch. And though it took nearly a year to make the connection, Terry taught Frank concepts in stone placement learned from masters in Japan. They artistically performed together in putting the finishing touches on the Zen Monastery construction, in sync with the first abbot Master Jian Hu.

Kubota Garden
Kubota Garden

If you ever find yourself in the Seattle area, this hidden treasure is worth the discovery. You will have a chance to peacefully connect more closely to life on this planet.

Here is a link to the Kubota Garden website for more history and location: http://www.kubotagarden.org/about-us/history/