October 24, 2010

A Karesansui garden in Daitoku-ji (Kyoto)

This beautifully moss-covered garden is located to the north of the Hojo of the Ryugen-in sub-temple of Daitoku-ji and is called Ryugin-tei (dragon flute garden).

The set of three rocks standing about the middle symbolizes the Shumi-sen mountain (the Mount Sumeru) which rises up in the center of the universe.

According to the Buddhist outlook on the universe, the summit of the Shumi-sen reaches into the sacred world of gods and is surrounded by seven mountains of gold, the Tecchi-san (mountain of iron) and eight oceans.

These oceans are elegantly represented by the moss-covered ground in this peaceful garden.

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