Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
i feel relaxed looking at those-- honestly
Very beautiful zen pictures and what a perfect choice than Kyoto!! Happy TT!
Geat photos!!Mine is up at: 13 Bloomers
Beautiful photos! And the first 6 bring back memories, as I have been to the Ryoan-ji Temple in 2000.
Great list.my very first 13 is up !http://momworksathome.blogspot.com
Beautiful photos! I love the sense serenity and simplicity you've captured.
Simplicity, order, and calm. Makes you feel better just to look.
Thanks to fellow TTers for stopping by- Buck Naked, Joyismygoal, Laura, WAHM, and Colleen. :)Grace,I love Kyoto! I've been 4 or 5 times and there's still so much I haven't seen. Nyssaneala,Thanks. Ryoan-ji is such a beautiful, peaceful place. Where else did you visit in Kyoto?Jenclair,Thanks. The serenity and simplicity are exactly what I love about Zen temples!
Zen to me is quiet and peace and contentment, which I felt looking at your pictures, also happiness, because I miss Japan SO much! I lived there for 3 years in the 90s...
I love temples in Japan... I think my favorite (from memory) is Asakusa in Tokyo. I don't remember much about it.. except the incense to cleanse yourself.. and throwing the money.. :)Gosh, I want to go back now.
These images are gorgeous! I especially love the cool, quiet hallway with a view of the outdoors.
Fantastic photos. I am not much of a zen person myself, but I certainly love japanese gardens and temples. And these photos show them very nicely.
Zen is something I'd like to practice (my stepdaughter actually named her son "Zen," so it's a familial wish). The photos were absolutely gorgeous.
Such beautiful photos! They make me want to move into a Zen temple immediately! Would they let me read there? ;)
Beautiful, beautiful photography! Thanks so much for sharing that with us. Great post.
Those are *so* gorgeous. I especially like the lines in the rocks. It reminds me of those great streaks that the vacuum cleaner leaves in the carpet. *swoon*OK, I know, I'm easy to please.
Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my list.
Gorgeous and so tranquil!!! I have a tiny little mini zen garden and no place to put it. But, just thinking about a zen garden soothes me. Isn't that strange?
Wow! Thanks everyone for the comments. And thanks to everyone new who stopped by. :)Janet,That's what I love about visiting Zen temples, the quiet and peacefulness and just soaking it in. Where in Japan were you?yh,The temple in Asakusa is especially pretty at night I think. The Gal,Thanks. I like those kinds of pictures hinting at something beyond. Makes me want to go explore. samulli,I've discovered I'm not very Zen either but I do love Japanese gardens and temples. I can't wait for the weather to cool off so we can start visiting some of them again.Thanks Damozel, Sophie and L^2. :)
Dewey,Sure, why not? Reading could be your quiet, contemplation time. :PAndi,You should get one of those miniature rock gardens for your desk. You'd have hours of fun raking the rocks in to different patterns! :PNancy,Thanks. Not strange at all I think. I always feel calm and soothed after visiting a Zen temple or garden. I could do with one right about now!
Wow, those are absolutely beautiful. I've always wanted to visit Japan and some of the Zen temples and Zen gardens, so thanks for taking me there ;)
Thanks Chris, and you're welcome. :)
Oh, your pictures make me want to visit Japan so badly!!! You are a wonderful photographer, really.
Awww, thanks Bellezza! I'm really looking forward to taking pictures again. It's been far too hot to be outdoors during the summer.
A picture Thursday Thirteen!!! These images are absolutely wonderful, Nat, thank you, makes me long for the Japanese garden at Stanley Park...I can't remember visiting one in Toronto but I will if they have one! Will also have to inquire if they have a Japanese temple here...I would love to go there for some peace and contemplation.
Lotus,I don't think I've ever been to the Japanese garden at Stanley Park. I've been to the small one in Butchart Gardens. They really are peaceful and a great way to escape the city madness.
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