Garden of Infinite Compassion
Welcome to the Garden of Infinite Compassion.
This Garden was created in September 2005 to honor the visit of the Dalai Lama to the Wood River Valley. A contemplative garden, it is a place of both inner and outer repose; it is a place where we abandon the chatter of our minds and the distractions of our lives to enter the serenity of nature and find the calm of a quiet mind.
There are sixteen dominant rocks in the Garden which represent the sixteen Arhats, or disciples, of the Buddha. The impressive rocks serve as silent sentinels but also serve to retain the soil as the slope drops six feet from the top of the stream to the bottom.
The Serenity Pond
The Serenity Pond features riparian plants while nearby a memorial bench sits in the aspen grove as a place for quiet contemplation. In the center of the pond is a beautiful quartz crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil. The crystal’s tip was broken, most likely, by earth movement during its formation millions of years ago. Because the crystal was still forming when the break occurred, it began reforming or re-healing the tip. The tip that reformed however differs in shape, clarity, and design as if to say, “we have grown from one body, but our clarity comes from the synergy of our many heads uniting as one”.