April 29, 2018

Zen Rock Garden

Ryōan-ji Temple, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Ryōan-ji (Shinjitai: 竜安寺, Kyūjitai: 龍安寺, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyōto, Japan. It belongs to the Myōshin-ji school(妙心寺派)of the Rinzai branch(臨済宗)of Zen Buddhism. The Ryōan-ji garden is considered one of the finest surviving examples of kare-sansui (枯山水, dry landscape), a refined type of Japanese Zen temple garden design generally featuring distinctive larger rock formations arranged amidst a sweep of smooth pebbles (small, carefully selected polished river rocks) raked into linear patterns that facilitate meditation. The temple and its gardens are listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyōto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Read more...)

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