The purpose of Zen is the perfection of character
Japanese Karesansui Gardens
Karesansui gardens [japan-guide.com] reproduce natural landscapes in a more abstract way by using stones, gravel, sand and sometimes a few patches of moss for representing mountains, islands, boats, seas and rivers. Karesansui gardens are strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism and used for meditation.
There have been many attempts to explain the Zen garden's layout [en.wikipedia.org]. Some of these are:
- The gravel represents ocean and the rocks represent the islands of Japan.
- The rocks represent a mother tiger with her cubs, swimming to a dragon.
- The rocks form part of the kanji for heart or mind.
David Zasloff plays the Japanese Shakuhachi Flute [video.google.com]
4 There are 4 comments, add yours!