Spending time in a garden nourishes the soul;
it softens the heart
and tempers harsh, unaccommodating attitudes.

The heart opens
and we feel a deep connectedness
that cannot be pronounced or specified exactly,
a moment of childlike simplicity, wonder, and trust.

Once we recover this openness,
we can encourage ourselves
to open our hearts to human beings
and learn to love.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mandala Gardens

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