Buddhism is the world religion most closely associated with parks and gardens. SiddhÄrtha Gautama, who became the Buddha, was born in a garden, at Lumbini, delivered his first sermon in a park, at Sarnath, spent each monsoon season in the Jetavana garden at Sravasti and died in a garden, at Kushniagar. The Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park was given to the people of London in 1984, by the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order (which emerged from the Nichiren sect of Japanese Buddhism, following the Lotus Sutra). The Pagoda has a large gilded bronze sculpture of the Buddha on each of its four sides. It needs a Buddhist garden, to illustrate the geography of the cosmos, and could start with a floral display on the river wall to encourage visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show to embark on the London Gardens Walk.
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