Ryogen-in (ALC-14)

From the Autumn Gardens in Kyoto collection.


Ryogen-In was established in 1502, and there are five gardens within the temple precincts. This image captures the unique Zen garden style known as karesansui or dry landscape. This garden is called the Isshidan, named after the Zen title given to the founder of the temple. The simple design stirs our imagination. The white sand or pebbles may be interpreted as water, or even a vast sea, while the rocks surrounded by the moss may represent mountains or an island. The circular “ripples” are made by the monks “combing” or raking the sand. In such a garden we feel the mystery of the universe unfolding. Its essence is expressed fully in the panoramic 8×20 format. We experience a sense of peace and quiet.



P1 (24 x 9 in.), P2 (36 x 14 in.), P3 (48 x 20 in.), P4 (60 x 24 in.), P5 (72 x 28 in.), P6 (96 x 38 in.), P7 (120 x 48 in.)


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