October 24, 2010

A Tsubo-niwa (inner garden) in Daitoku-ji (Kyoto)

This famous Tsubo-niwa (inner garden) of the Ryugen-in of Daitoku-ji is called Toteki-ko (east drip court) garden.

A Tsubo-niwa garden is commonly provided in the narrow space between the buildings to let in light and wind.

This small dry landscape symbolically represents a teaching of Zen that the drips of water dropping down from rocks assemble together to be a mountain stream, such mountain streams gather together to be a great river, and great rivers concentrate to be the open sea at last. That is to say, many little efforts realize a great result in the discipline for enlightenment.

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