Ryoanji Temple...A simple rock garden consisting only of white sand and fifteen rocks, laid out aat the end of the 15 th century, is acknowledged to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture. Its simple beauty will inspire philosophical meditation.
The pond was made in the late twelfth century. Until recent years many mandarin ducks were to be seen on the pond. Hence the Ryoanji was generally known as Oshidoridera( the temple made in ducks)
The Rock Garden...the rectangular ZEN Garden is completely different from the gorgeouse garden of court nobles construcked in the Middle Ages. No trees are to be seen; only fifteen rocks and white gravel are used in the garden. It is up to each visitor to find out for himself what this unique garden signifies. The longer you gaze at it, the more varied your imagination becomes. This rock garden surrounded by low earthen walls may be thought of as the quintessence of Zen art.
つくばいと佗助椿・・方丈の北東にすえてある銭形のつくばいは、徳川光圀からの寄進といわれている。A unique wash- basin of stone " Tsukubai" Tsukubai , the stone-wash basin for the tea room, has a unique inscription, " I lean only to be contented" He who learns only to be contented is spiritually rich, while the one who does not learn to becontented is spiritually poor even if he is materially weathly.This concept is important in the Zen philosophy.