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Contemplative Garden
At Spalding University

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Help us continue our mission of promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation. Your donation will help us maintain and improve the garden, ensuring that it remains a place of peace and reflection for generations to come. You can make a one-time or a recurring donation, every little bit helps. Your generosity will help us to continue to provide this unique and valuable resource to our community and the world at large. Thank you for your support!


“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.”
― Thomas Merton, Love and Living


Dive deeper into the history and significance of Spalding University's contemplative garden project, an oasis of interfaith understanding and cooperation

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The Garden Project at Spalding University is a testament to the unique and transformative friendship between Thomas Merton and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Read about their historical meeting that inspired our Garden Project.

The Project

Learn about what went into creating this remarkable, multi-year project and learn about the intricate details and careful planning that went into bringing it to fruition.


Explore our gallery to see the various phases of the Garden Project at Spalding University. From the initial design concepts to the construction process, our gallery showcases the hard work and dedication that has gone into this project.



Promoting Interfaith Understanding and Cooperation

Welcome to the contemplative garden at Spaulding University, where our mission is to foster interfaith understanding and cooperation. As a symbol of profound connections among individuals, communities, and the world, our garden promotes mutual respect and openness. It offers a serene space for reflection, meditation, and a deeper spiritual connection with oneself and the surrounding environment. Embracing people from all backgrounds and beliefs, our garden is inclusive and accessible.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and significance of our garden's centerpiece, the stupa—a traditional Buddhist monument. Explore the intricately designed walking labyrinth, and delve into the stories behind these cultural treasures. Our garden commemorates the historic meeting between Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama, reminding us of the transformative power of interfaith understanding and cooperation. It stands as a living legacy, inspiring us to continuously promote interfaith harmony.

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