Summary of Benefits to Holy Cross
- The Mission Statement articulates the invitation for all
to join "in dialogue … among people from diverse … religious
traditions," and "seek that which requires us to transcend ourselves
and challenges us to seek that which might constitute our common humanity." It is hard to imagine a more suitable natural and architectural space
where the central ideals of the great religious traditions of Asia can
be so readily experienced.
- Building such a garden will emphasize for students, faculty,
parents, and staff that the college is committed to a rich and authentic
engagement with Asia.
- It emphasizes that the scope of Jesuit education was and is global.
- The garden/teahouse will be utilized in a host of courses dealing
directly with Japan and Asian religions. Seminars can be held there,
as well as lectures / demonstrations using the tea room and meditation
- The garden/teahouse will be a resource for programs of the Center
for the Study of Religion, Society, and Ethics.
- The garden/teahouse will be a symbol of the Asian Studies Program's
campus profile in course offerings, study abroad, extracurricular events,
etc. Students will become more aware of this part of the College's curriculum
and be attracted to sample other Asian Studies programs on campus (Balinese
music & dance, Film Series, etc.).
- The contemplative space can be used by the newly-formed student
Reputation of the College:
- The process envisioned for developing a constituency of faculty,
staff, and students committed to the creation of this garden/teahouse,
some of whom will travel to Japan, in itself be a positive influence
on Holy Cross.
- The "culture of tea" and the "love of gardens" will provide
new centers for the cultivation of faculty/staff community.
- A number of top-ranked liberal arts colleges (Carleton, Smith,
Wesleyan) have built Asian gardens on their campuses. But none have
built the multi-use space we are proposing, and none have carried through
the types of programming we imagine. The Holy Cross garden /teahouse
will strive for the highest standards of excellence that characterize
other campus initiatives, enhancing its reputation.
- Combined with the very extraordinary Balinese Program sponsored
by the Luce Professorship, Holy Cross can rightly claim to possess the
very finest resources in Asian Studies, among the most elite liberal
arts colleges in the nation. This should move the college up into the
"Beloit 50", a listing of colleges ranked for excellence in International
Studies. (Holy Cross currently is not ranked on this list.)
- A natural space of singular beauty will be added to the campus
- Several tree species will be added to the arboretum.