Kodaiji Zen Temple with Sand Sculpture
By Jim Caldwell
With the influence of the Buddhism, the Japanese have created Zen Gardens
for a place of contemplation and reflection.
The beauty, influence and ‘simplicity’ of Japanese culture can be seen through the Zen Buddhist gardens. The gardens were intended to imitate the essence of nature, providing a serene place for contemplation and meditation about the true meaning of life.
Each facet of the gardens represents a specific part of nature. Zen rock gardens are generally enclosed within walls, relatively small and designed to be seen from a specific viewing point. The rock, or sand, represent water