Gardens of Kyoto- Ryoan-ji

Continuing this week’s series of features on the Gardens of Kyoto from
our Great Gardens and Parks portfolios.


Ryoan-ji (meaning “The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon”)
is the archetypal Japanese rock garden (read more about rock gardens in this
past Post). The small table top rock gardens that have
become popular owe their inspiration in part to the 15th century anonymous
karesansui masterpiece of Ryoan-ji. The garden has
a unique axial configuration, so that, from any fixed point on the ground, one
cannot see all of the stones in the garden. It is the ultimate rock garden of
contemplation.

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For More:
Profile at JGarden.org
Article from New
Scientist
about Ryoan-ji’s appeal
Reflections on Ryoan-ji from Salon
Article about adding elements of Zen Garden design to
garden projects