Zen garden has a long and impressive history and in fact,
there are several different types of Zen garden.
The most famous is the dry garden, which is called
Karesansui. This word translates into “dry mountain, and water
garden” and to create the look, rocks and gravel are used.
This type of
Zen garden is designed in such a way that the raked gravel
resembles water. Then
to create the look of water flowing, small rocks, pebbles,
and sand are used. Often in the dry Zen garden, you will see one large rock that
is the predominant feature.
This rock is representative of the mountains that
tower over the countryside.
With this type of garden, it is believed that the
stillness of the “water”, being the gravel is the peace
and tranquility of the mind.
In ancient China, Zen priests would take the majestic
view of the mountainside and create the Zen garden based
upon Shakkei, which translates to “borrowed scenery”.
of Zen garden is one that is lush and green, and
interestingly, would often be designed as a compliment to
the dry Zen garden. This
type of garden creates a magical illusion of a long journey
found within a specific space.
Many of the gardens have paths that meander through
the garden, making their way around beautiful trees and
shrubs as well as over streams and near waterfalls and
statues. Each twist and turn of the path is designed to keep the
individual’s mind on the spiritual journey.
garden has been a major part of history for centuries.
However, they did not evolve into what we know them
to be until the late 6th Century.
Most of the early Zen gardens were quite large and
provided the opportunity for Buddha Priests to stroll
throughout the garden.
Then in the 11th Century, the dry
landscape was adopted.
It was then in the 13th Century that the
principles of the Zen garden were finally established to
what we know them to be today.
hear people refer to a Zen garden as a Strolling Garden, Dry
Garden, Japanese Garden, and other names, which are all
aspects or have a connection to the Zen garden.
The purpose of the Zen garden is to provide a place
of meditation and contemplation.
When the Zen garden was first created by a Zen
priest, it was actually called a Contemplation Garden, or
was here in the United States that the term “Zen” began.
thing about a Zen garden is that you do not need to have a
huge piece of property to create one of your own.
In fact, there is even Zen gardens so small they can
fit on an office desk.
It is not about the size of the garden but the
creating a Zen garden inside your home or outside, you will
feel the peace and tranquility projected from this type of