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Zen garden of Ryoan-ji, Kyoto

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Kyoto, Japan.

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Ryoan-ji, the Temple of the Peaceful Dragon, was founded in 1473 by Katsumoto Hosokawa. Within the precincts of the beautiful temple is the Zen garden of Soami, completed in 1499. The garden is extremely simple, being composed of 15 stones set in a small field of white gravel. The stones are arranged in five groupings of 5,2,3,2 and 3, and are so placed that viewed from any vantage point there is always one rock hidden from view. Fondly called the Garden of Emptiness, Ryoan-ji is a sublime place to meditate on the transitory nature of all worldly phenomena. The best times to visit are in the winter months, during the weekdays, in the pouring rain or snow.

Ryoan-ji temple and garden on Sacred Sites.

Written by  Martin Gray.

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