The layout and structure of the Centre has been carefully designed to be conducive to the purification of the mind, with great attention paid to all the details, both aesthetic and practical.
The Peace Garden has three elements – the Sand Garden, the Water Garden and the Meditation Garden.
The entrance to the Peace Centre is through the Sand garden surrounded by kabook walls, both rough surfaces that depict unwholesome thoughts such as hatred, greed, ignorance, jealousy, etc. that are generally prevalent in the minds of human beings.
The nearby Water Garden has three curving ponds with flowering lotus plants behind which are miniature waterfalls flowing down small man-made hillocks. The curved paths leading to the hall represent the journey which the lay people are on that keeps them stuck in a vicious cycle until they make an effort to break out of it. The path to the Samadhi Hall, the main meditation hall, is over “the bridge of mindfulness” – a series of raised stones in water, necessitating mindful walking that promotes focused thinking.
The dense jungle-like corner at the north of the site houses a meditation garden containing a Bodhi Tree, which is a sapling from the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, a Buddha statue in the Samadhi pose (Padmasana) and specially designed gravel paths for walking meditation. It is only by reaching the meditation garden that a person experiences a clear view of the Buddha and is able to walk up to Him along a straight path. This arrangement depicts how the person who is spiritually enriched by the practice of meditation and who is broken free from the curved paths that lead people in vicious circles is able to see the Buddha at the end of the path.