This site is occasionally used as the site for a live classroom. It may also be used as a blogging assignment or for your non-academic edification. If you are not in the Live Classroom, just disregard the classroom instructions. RYOKIN SAND GARDEN OF KYOTO We will explore important themes in Japanese Zen Buddhism through images from the arts. 'Zen' is the Japanese word for the Chinese 'Ch'an.' 'Ch'an' is the Chinese word for the Sanskrit, 'Dhyan.' 'Dhyan' is an Indian word which simply means…
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Japanese rock garden/Giardino Zen/枯山水
The Japanese rock gardens (枯山水, karesansui) or "dry landscape" gardens (often called "Zen gardens" and waterless stream gardens) are typically associated with Zen Buddhism, and often found in the front or rear gardens at the residences (houjou 方丈) of Zen abbots. The main elements of karesansui are rocks and sand, with the sea symbolized not by water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water. Representative examples are the gardens of Ryoanji Temple and Daitokuji Temple, both…