Perseus Publishing A collection of real-life Buddhist love stories, with commentary and guided exercises for couples developed by Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward, senior students and ordained Dharma teachers in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. These personal stories, from couples of a range of different ages and experiences, illustrate how Buddhist principles can help couples navigate any stage of their relationship.
It took the authors some good living and good loving before they realized that the love that they were seeking was already present and available in the depths of their hearts and mind. Love does not depend on anything that is happening "Out There" and is not dependent on anything "he" or "she" might do. It depends on our own willingness to look within and to act. This insight is a result of practicing the teachings of the Buddha on right diligence and right effort. The authors have been studying and practicing with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and they are happy to report that the practices work.
In <i<Love's Garden the authors offer key practices such as "The Three Keyes" (see excerpt) for the transformation of suffering and the establishment of happiness. These practices have helped them see each other’s happiness as their own. They share stories and illustrations from their own life and also and those of their friends and students.
"The practice is not difficult. We simply need to get in touch with and nourish the practices that are helping us to experience peace. And then we need to stop doing the things that keep us from experiencing peace." Larry Ward
Foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh
Using Buddhist teachings to re-evaluate traditional approaches to love, couplehood, and marriage, Love's Garden offers readers specific advice on improving their love lives. By collecting real-life Buddhist love stories, along with commentary and guided exercises, this book illustrates the fulfilment that comes from looking within and taking action to improve a relationship. Equally useful for practicing Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, the advice presented here can be used by anyone to promote mindfulness, diligence, and perseverance in the romantic realm. In the words of one of the authors, Larry Ward, "we simply need to get in touch with and nourish the practices that are helping us to experience peace. And then we need to stop doing the things that keep us from experiencing peace.”