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JAPAN. Kyoto. Monk rakes gravel in zen garden at Daitokuji temple. 1961..  © Rene Burri/Magnum Photos

Monk rakes gravel in zen garden at Daitokuji temple, 1961 © Rene Burri

Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan.

practicing zen is zazen. for zazen, a quiet place is suitable. lay out a thick mat. do not let in drafts or smoke, rain, or dew. protect and maintain the place where you settle your body. there are examples from the past of sitting on a diamond seat and sitting on a flat stone covered with at thick layer of grass. day or night the place of sitting should not be dark; it should be kept warm in winter and cool in summer. : dogen

practicing zen is zazen. for zazen, a quiet place is suitable. lay out a thick mat. do not let in drafts or smoke, rain, or dew. protect and maintain the place where you settle your body.

Oban. Series: Shin Tokyo hyakkei. Title: Mito Nagahama. Moored boat on lake, Mount Fuji in the background. Signed: Hasui. Seal: Kawase. Publisher: Watanabe Shosaburo. Date: Showa 12 (1937). Stamped on verso: Made in Japan.

‘Nagahama Beach in Mito’ Woodblock print by Kawase Hasui Image and text courtesy MFA Boston.

Japanese tea room, Chasitsu 茶室 (This reminds me of the art studio in my school when I studied in Japan. Serene and silent.)

Japanese tea room, Chasitsu 茶室 (This reminds me of the art studio in my school when I studied in Japan. Serene and silent.

Japanese sandals, Zori 草履 The magic of the turned shoe, every time you enter a Temple your shoes are pointed in, on your exit they always look like this.. A beautiful scene.

Japanese sandals, Zori 草履 The magic of the turned shoe, every time you enter a Temple your shoes are pointed in, on your exit they always look like this. A beautiful scene.