The designs and ideas for the redesigning of the Zen garden to Venerable Masters Hui Fang, Abbot of Nan Hua Temple, Venerable Jue Kai and Lee Raath-Brownie, a volunteer at the Temple were presented in October 2011 by the students.
The theme of their projects were: ‘A garden for meditation’ and the students had to do research on Buddhism, Eastern philosophy, meditation and the history of Fo Guang Shan in order to create designs suitable for the Zen garden at Nan Hua Temple.
Their designs also had to incorporate the geographical positioning of the garden as well as its climate. Symbolism also played a major role and influenced the designs presented.
The projects were rated by the Venerable Masters and Lee in three different categories which included the garden design’s functional aspect, its character and the presentation.
The decision was unanimous and Group 3 won the prize arranged by the Venerable Masters. The runners up received a small prize and in true Nan Hua tradition, all participants received a thank you token of appreciation.