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Plant Seed, Pull Weed: Nurturing the Garden of Your Life

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Gardens have often been used as metaphors for spiritual nurturing and growth. Zen rock gardens, monastery rose gardens, even your grandmother's vegetable garden all have been described as places of refuge and reflection. Drawing on her experience working at Seattle's premier gardening center, Zen teacher Geri Larkin shows how the act of gardening can help you uncover your ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by HarperOne
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Ilene
Dec 05, 2009 Ilene rated it really liked it
Refreshing! Gardeners love to share and this author surely does!
Camellia
Jan 16, 2016 Camellia rated it it was amazing
If I had to pick a favorite book by Geri Larkin (and that's very hard to do!) it would have to be this one!
Joy
Apr 29, 2009 Joy rated it it was ok
I think I just rail against modern-day west coast Buddhist culture a bit. I found the book hard to get through and I think the major problem is that I just don't identify much with the author. She puts out a lot of great concepts and has been doing what seem to be good things, but I can't relate, somehow. When I think about applying these concepts in my life, I realize I do strive for many of the same ideals - but when the advice comes from monks who don't have the kinds of responsibilities I've ...more
Nagaraj
Dec 13, 2011 Nagaraj rated it it was amazing
I like this book because author mixes real life stories from her life with teachings. Geri talks about her own life examples (about gardening, travelling, living, thinking, etc) and then switch to one or two teachings. With this approach, it is much easier or correlate the principle with real life. She also introduce principles from Shantideva (The Way of Boddisatwa) and other Buddhist/Zen teachers. Overall, easy read and useful book. However, there is no bibliography or references at the end of ...more
Shelly
Mar 15, 2013 Shelly rated it liked it
I am surprised at how much I liked this book, given my usual lack of patience with most things spiritual that aren't also very simple.

Plus: The chapter on weeding might have been life changing for me.

Minus: When you mention, even offhand, that you believe in homeopathy, I get really annoyed with you. Being religious doesn't mean you can't also be a critical thinker.
Babs
Jul 17, 2011 Babs rated it really liked it
I'm currently reading Plant Seed, Pull Weed: Nurturing the Garden of Your Life I enjoy this book since it gives insight into how to put a "practice" into daily activity. Afterall that's why it's called a practice. Too often people who profess to adhere to a religion or a philosophy fail to put all those good ideas into their daily interaction with others.
Shannan
Jul 08, 2008 Shannan rated it really liked it
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Very enjoyable read. The author uses gardening and Zen Buddhism to illustrate ways of good living. The part about pruning out "mind weeds" was particularly good advice.
Lisa
Mar 19, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
I actually liked this book - my mom recommended I read it - taking place in the PNW was a plus - it was well written and a fun quick read - now I want to get out in the garden.
Mary
Apr 06, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
An interesting book. I love to read about other gardeners' experiences.
Megan Zehnder
Sep 09, 2011 Megan Zehnder rated it liked it
Inspired me to finally start a garden :)
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