Read what Publishers' Weekly says about The Meditative Gardener.
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"The book's photos themselves are meditation-worthy."
In The Meditative Gardener Cheryl Wilfong reminds
us gently and powerfully that gardening is a spiritual practice
of mindful presence. Bringing the Buddha’s teachings
to life, she presents a perspective that helps us wake up
as we connect with the beauty of the natural world. Her practice
has deep roots which have flowered into the wisdom and loving
heart that she so generously shares.
Baraz, Founding Teacher
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
The Meditative Gardener is a wonderful compendium
of reflections on gardening and meditation. Cheryl Wilfong’s
precise instructions about cultivating mindfulness in the
garden and in one’s life will be of value to gardeners
and meditators alike as well as anyone concerned with nature
Filled with beautiful photographs which uplift the mind,
this book offers many gardening tips that will help one be
more aware of one’s body and mind while at work.
With humility and humor, Cheryl Wilfong shares her knowledge
and experience acquired over many years of dedicated practice
both on the cushion and in the garden. She shows us how meditation
and gardening alike can heal our troubles if we take the time
to apply her wise and compassionate advice.
Martine Batchelor, Gardener
Meditation Teacher and Author
Meditation for Life and Let Go
I have been reading your book over
the summer, and find it delightful. It is well-organized and
attractive, making it easy to ingest, yet the teachings are
profound and by no means superficial. I love the tone, which
is humble, honest, and even humorous on the one hand, but
at the same time is very wise, uncompromising, and authentic.
Andrew Olendzki, Senior
Center for Buddhist Studies
Cheryl Wilfong’s book is a warm,
welcoming invitation to take one’s meditation practice
into the garden. Its specific suggestions, accompanied by
beautiful photographs, show the reader how meditation and
gardening can thrive in the company of one another. The
Meditative Gardener is practical, encouraging, and beautifully
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The Meditative Gardner is an exquisite and profound
exploration of the Buddha's teachings. Using gardening as
the central metaphor, this visually pleasing and spiritually
inspiring book moves the reader to realize how his or her
life is a garden that needs to be cultivated with loving and
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...A no-nonsense step-by-step guide to Zen gardening for the 21st century."
This book is a delight for both the eyes and the heart. It
serves as a reminder that we are continually given opportunities
to be fully mindful and present no matter how humble the task.
Pamela Erdmann, Senior
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice
Institute of Medical and Social Research,
University of Wales, U.K.
This…fantastic book is a real gift to the Dharma. It's
so grounded, practical, and wise. Your Dharma teachings are
refreshing, and the photos are a feast for the eyes. This is
not just another Dharma book. You have shared your insights
from years of the Dharma and gardening. You have created a luscious
English garden for everyone to walk through and enjoy. What
a wonderful read. May it prosper and affect the lives of many.
Dharma Teacher, Spiritual Therapist, and Author
Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Spiritual Master
The Meditative Gardener, Cultivating Mindfulness of Body,
Feelings and Mind, touches all the senses with the beauty
of gentle, open presence.
The book invites the reader to listen deeply to the music
in the garden of awareness available to us in every moment.
Cheryl Wilfong’s book is permeated with love for the
Dharma, waking up, and compassion. These pathways guide the
reader into an experience of beauty, peace and presence, whether
one enters through gardening or meditation or both. Deeply
nourishing and satisfying to read and refer to.
Florence Meleo-Meyer, Senior
Stress Reduction Program
Director of Oasis, Professional Training and Innovation
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Just opening the pages of this beautifully designed and photographed
book brings the heart rate down. Cheryl Wilfong moves us through
an elegant garden of words and images from body to feelings
to mind, with a host of meditations to feed the soul.
Moir Messervy, Author
The Inward Garden and Home Outside
The deeper you get into the book, the more you recognize Wilfong’s deliberately tying the threads of a garden with the threads of meditation, her ultimate goal, a wisdom far beyond simple digging.
The Oakland Press