The sole purpose of the gardens was to offer the monks a place to meditate Buddha’s teachings. The purpose of building and upholding the garden is to encourage meditation.
What are the eight elements of Zen garden?
There are traditionally eight main elements of a Zen garden: bridges, islands, plant material, sand, stones, trees, water and waterfalls.
Why do Japanese rake sand?
Often, though, the sand itself is meant to symbolize water. The zen garden sand is often raked into forms that mimic an ocean, with the rocks representing islands in that water. Sometimes, the sand can be fashioned into something that evokes a waterfall.
Are Zen gardens Japanese or Chinese?
Zen rock gardens, or karesansui (translated as “dry-mountain-water”), originated in medieval Japan and are renowned for their simplicity and serenity. The most famous of these can be found in Kyoto at the 15th-century Ryoan-ji, the Temple of the Peaceful Dragon.