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Burt Glinn - Kyoto. 1961. A monk arranges sand patterns in the rock garden of Ryoanji Temple.

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Pathway to the loo at Ryōan-ji Zen Temple in Kyoto, Japan • photo: Gavin Thomas on Flickr

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from Telegraph.co.uk

Kyoto protocol fails to save the Japanese city's famous Zen gardens

In Kyoto, the Buddhist monks have grown so worried by the changing climate's damaging effect on the gardens that they have taken to watering their gardens manually, rather than relying on rain and dew. One of those affected is Ryoan-ji, the world's most famous Zen garden, where more than a hundred different types of moss sit together in elaborate harmony. my days have been so crazy lately...I want to be transported back there again & experience the stillness.

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Japanese corridor..would love to stay in a house like this

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david hockney photo collage | David Hockney.

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Traditional tsukubai for ritually purifying at Japanese temple

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This is the Ryōan-ji tsukubai .The kanji written on the surface of the stone are without significance when read alone. If each is read in combination with 口 , which the central bowl is meant to represent, then the characters become 吾, 唯, 足, 知. This is read as "ware, tada taru shiru" and translates literally as "I only know enough" (吾= I, 唯 = merely, 足 = be sufficient, 知 =know).

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Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

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