1. Review history of Asian viewing stones to the early years of the 21st Century.
2. Note globalization's expansion of earlier viewing stone traditions.
3. Include evocative quotations with photographs to encourage a slower trip through the Gallery.
4. Offer references to other sources of viewing stone information.
5. Suggest ways amateurs might start their own collections.
Hopefully, readers will find we met our objectives.
"Deep emotion is the expression of a pure heart."
- MOTOORI NARINAGA
Enjoy a few highlights from inside the book.
"Solitude is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows."
- Henry David Thoreau
"The child should be allowed to meet the real experiences in life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses."
- Ellen Key
Ohlone Griding Stones
"Let the ancient serve the new; by developing that which has been accomplished, one creates something that is new."
- Mao Xedong
"Nature has always had more power than education."
"Human law is only law by virtue of its accordance with eternal law."
"We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The real task is to find reality"
- Iris Murdoch
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln
"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way."
- A.J. Muste
Q. What is the subject of Beyond Suiseki?
A. Beyond Suiseki is about an ancient Asian art form changing rapidly in the 21st Century.
Q. Can I go see the stones in the book?
A. The stones in Beyond Suiseki’s Gallery section are part of our personal collection and are not on public display.
Q. Where can I get real viewing stones?
A. No mysterious qualifications determine whether a rock is or is not a real viewing stone. You may find wonderful stones while walking on the beach, wading at the edge of a creek or river, or hiking in the woods or up a mountain. They will intrigue you when you see them. Take them home, clean them, decide how to display them so their most interesting or beautiful features are visible. They will begin your collection of viewing stones. You may buy stones on the internet as well as accumulating more stones as time goes by thus expanding your collection.
Q. How did you learn about the viewing stone arts?
A. We loved rocks from childhood. As adults we were intrigued to learn about suiseki stones used with bonsai trees. We began reading on internet sites devoted to viewing stones or suiseki and taking books from the library that included information about the subject. We also bought a few books by some of the many extremely experienced viewing stone enthusiasts. Eventually we became knowledgeable enough to write our own simple book.