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On my last day in Kyoto, I  realized there had been one major gap in my Japanese sightseeing itinerary – a visit to a Zen garden. When I  asked the hotel concierge for a recommendation, he didn’t hesitate. 

“Nanzenji. Very beautiful.”

A quick taxi ride later, Nanzenji’s massive main gate came into view. I turned away from the people climbing the stairs towards the main temple, and instead headed to Ten-juan, a secondary temple originally built in the 13th century to honor the Zen master who assisted that era’s Emperor in his religious studies. The temple and its surrounding gardens were updated in the 16th and 19th centuries, but the brochure I’m handed at the ticket booth assures me that the garden retains much of its 13th century charm. 

The definition of Zen involves achieving a connection between body and mind through a state of focused attention. So I’ll stop my commentary here and let you wander around the garden on your own.

10 thoughts on “Ama-Zen 

  1. Pam, so glad you made time for this! Magnificent photos and I achieved a state of serenity scrolling through. Thanks 🙂

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    1. Pamela Young says:

      So glad. Was thinking if you when I wrote it.

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  2. Eric Gormley says:

    great picture, Pam. It’s clear the trip to Japan will have a lasting impression on you. So lucky to have had the opportunity to go.

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    1. Pamela Young says:

      Absolutely,Eric. This trip was life- changing.

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  3. Brenda McKay says:

    Thanks for sharing. My heart beat slowed and my mind stopped thinking as I pictured through the gardens

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    1. Pamela Young says:

      Thanks, Brenda. I’m glad the pictures had the same effect virtually for you that they did for me when I was there!

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  4. dapplegrey says:

    Oh how wonderful! Wonderful! Thank you… and thanks too, for that beautifully concise definition of zen. Your photos are completely that.

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    1. Pamela Young says:

      Thanks, dapplegrey. Maybe you could use some of the photos as a basis for sketches!

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  5. Deborah Begoray says:

    I thought immediately of Butchart Gardens here in Victoria. They too have a Zen garden but of course not nearly so extensive as this lovely one. I really like the variety of photo images like the close up of bamboo. Not something I would think to photograph!
    Deb

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    1. Pamela Young says:

      Thanks, Deb. I had a lovely walk through the garden – twice! The bamboo symmetry caught my eye.

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