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"The Dry garden of Ryoanji Temple", built in the 1480's ©2001 photo Elroy Christenson
This is one of several different gardens on the grounds of Ryoanji Temple which ironically also includes a large pond with walking paths and an especially nice moss garden. Originally built in 1480's the dry garden here with its specially chosen and arranged stones has been the recognized definition of Zen Buddhism for over 500 hundred years. The platform on the right is designed as a space for seated meditation.