shopping cart
nothing in cart
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
about us
upcoming events
Oct 17th - Borders: IFPE's 30th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference [International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education]
Oct 17th - Engaging Difference and Sameness: Pathways to Empathic Dialogue - 42nd IAPSP Annual International Conference 2019 [International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology]
Oct 17th - Foundations of Coaching: Build stronger communication and leadership skills through coaching tools and techniques. [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Oct 17th - AFCC-O 11th AGM & Annual Conference, The Changing Landscape in Family Law [AFCC Ontario - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Ontario Chapter]
Oct 17th - 21st annual Energy Psychology Conference - Integrating Ancient Wisdom with Modern Science [Energy Psychology Conference Canada]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Searching for the Heart of Sacred Space
Winters, Dennis
Sumeru Press Inc / Softcover / 2014-03-01 / 1896559166
reg price: $52.95 our price: $ 47.66 (may be subject to change)
292 pages
Not in stock - ships in one week.

Searching for the Heart of Sacred Space is about Landscape, Buddhism and Awakening – spoken in the same breath – exploring ways of being in sacred landscapes, foundations for designing the contemplative garden.

The book’s three parts candidly reveal Winters’ path of transformation. His environmental activities and spiritual awakening lead to his design of a Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre, one of the first in North America. Fueled by his Cornell University mentor, and guidance from H. H. the Dalai Lama and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, he questions, – “What is the truth of design? How deep would I go to draw inspiration? How deeply am I willing to know myself in order to design sacred landscape?”

His search for the answers to those questions draws us into the astounding history connecting Bodh Gaya in India to Kyoto’s Zen gardens, through Mount Kailas, to Pretapuri in Western Tibet, one of Buddhism’s twenty-four sacred tantric sites. Charged with spiritual agreement between pilgrims and deities, landscape is revealed through three layers of discourse – external, internal and secret – as the physical manifestation of Buddhist ideals.

As landscape architect and Buddhist, Winters personally speaks with these provocative landscapes and the historical characters who previously addressed their mysteries, supported with extensive textual references. Discovering layers of subtlety enhanced with sketches inSearching for the Heart of Sacred Space, you may never look at landscape the same way again.

About the Author
Dennis A. Winters has sought stimulation in diverse places and ways of living – while residing in Helsinki to study architecture and urban design, he found the riches of being in the woods; in Ithaca, New York, he discovered a spiritual home while intimately documenting the natural environment; in Kathmandu to study the Himalayan mountain system, he made acquaintance with Tibetan Buddhism; and in Kyoto to study Japanese gardens, leading to research in Western Tibet, he found profound meaning in designed sacred landscapes.
He has given talks on his gardens and research on designed sacred landscapes to academic symposia, public forums and garden clubs including UNESCO ‘Natural Sacred Sites’ Symposium, Japan Society, Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, American Society of Landscape Architects, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, University of Cincinnati ‘Making Sacred Places Conference,’ ‘Spirit of Sustainability Symposium,’ Toronto Design Exchange, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and H. H. the Dalai Lama.
He has been able to marry personal interests with professional work. He became a Buddhist practitioner after receiving Kalachakra Initiation from H.H. the Dalai Lama in 1981. He teaches Buddhist practice and meditation at Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre, where he was president 1987-90.
A landscape architect with degrees in landscape architecture (M.L.A., Cornell University) and architecture (B.Arch., University of Florida), urban design studies at Teknillinen Korkeakoulu in Finland, and professional work in environmental analysis and regional land use planning, he designs, builds and writes about gardens for meditation and sacred landscape through his Toronto studio, Tales of the Earth.
Creating places of silence … and the unbearable lightness of space.

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2019

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
Hours: 9-6 M-W / 9-7 Th-F / 10-6 Sat / 12-5 Sun EST

Click here to read previous issues.
related events
Meditation and the Joy of Living: Cultivating Awar
other lists
Sumeru Press Inc