December 4, 2012

Autumn leaves in the garden of Tenryu-ji (Kyoto)

In the brief time of transition from autumn to winter, the garden of Tenryu-ji is beautified still more with red, vermilion and golden leaves under the transparent sky.

This elegant "Chisen-kaiyu-shiki" (pond-stroll) garden was designed and laid out by Muso Soseki (1275-1351), who is one of the most prominent Zen monks and the father of Zen garden in Japan.

This garden is expressive of the universe of true enlightenment. Every day, at dawn, gazing on this beautiful garden, the trainee monks sit in meditation to try to be spiritually awakened.

The colorful carps are peacefully swimming around in the still water as if to be wise to the eternal truth of this world.

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