Z E N: Kenni-ji (by mboogiedown)

A man in a moment of silence in the garden of Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, Kenni-ji. Founded in 1202 by the priest Eisai, it was patterned after Bai-zhang-shan, China’s first Zen monastary, in accordance with the Song dynasty style of architecture. 

The garden is done in the ” dry mountains and water style” often found in Zen temples. It seeks to achieve the effect of an ocean or lake dotted with mountains without the actual use of water (represented by the raked stones). It also uses the “borrowed scenery” technique, borrowing the large hall behind the garden to enhance the overall view.

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