By Herald de Paris Contributor's Bureau on February 11, 2017
PALM BEACH (Herald de Paris) — ¬†As Melania Trump and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, toured the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach today, a visit was paid to the Karesansui Late Rock Garden, a style, ‚ÄúPerfected at Zen Buddhist temples,‚ÄĚ according to the museum. ¬†As charmingly¬†explained in Anna Wilding’s award winning hit film, Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut,¬†Buddhism is a philosophy spanning centuries, and has several branches – Zen, Theravada, Mayahana, Vajrayana, Pure Land, and others.
These branches have touched all Asian countries including Japan, China, Tibet, Sri Lanka, India,Taiwan, and Korea, and has spread, for the most part, peacefully around¬†the globe. Two days ago in a phone conference, the White House expressed a strong desire to strengthen further American ties with the Asia Pacific region. The study of Buddhism would be a sure way for the Trumps to gain important insight into the culture and values systems of Asia.
Ms. Wilding’s film is cited for being an excellent blend of, “East meets West,” as, “Accurate,” as a, “Marvelously well-judged glimpse of Buddhist monks living in the modern world,” and, “A refreshing synthesis of Eastern and Western politics and culture, without a nibble of Hollywood cheese.”
Mrs. Abe was lead on a tour through the gardens by Bonnie White LeMay, the Morikami park administrator; and Tamara Joy, deputy director and chief curator of the gardens.