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Japanese dry garden.

A dry garden usually consists of rocks, or stones, and gravel or sand. The placement of the stones and the lines drawn in the sand create a composition that provokes meditation.

The composition of a dry garden should reflect: simplicity purity balance harmony and can represent anything.

Finding many levels of meaning in the composition is desirable.

A dry garden can represent anything from an entire universe to the island of Japan and the sea. Ryoan-Ji in Kyoto has been interpreted as a lioness and her cubs swimming across the water.

Zen Buddhists practice meditation by raking perfect lines in dry gardens. Total concentration on this task will bring insight and enlightenment!

This garden is a shoe-box lid with sand and stones from a river. The rake war, constructed of toothpicks.

When making your own dry garden, remember these "Zen" things:

* Select stones, carefully - search out, the best you can find. Have some that are predominantly horizontal, and some that are vertical. In one Japanese garden, this, was, the tortoise, arid this was the crane. Think about the surfaces, and colors, of the stones, and how they will work together.

* Rake lines, into the sand - use, them to complement the stones. In most dry gardens the sand represents water - can you make waves? rapids? concentric ringed? a geometric pattern?

Every part of constructing and composing your dry garden should be approached with your full attention - do everything, even the simple things, to the best of your ability!
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Title Annotation:how-to make a Japanese dry garden
Author:Cook, Ande
Publication:School Arts
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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