Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #3: Zen

I may not understand Zen but I still love the beauty and calm of Zen Temples. Photos taken at 2 famous Zen Temples in Kyoto, Ryoan-ji (photos 1-6) and Nanzen-ji (photos 7-13). Click on images to enlarge.













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27 comments:

  1. i feel relaxed looking at those-- honestly

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  2. Very beautiful zen pictures and what a perfect choice than Kyoto!! Happy TT!

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  3. Beautiful photos! And the first 6 bring back memories, as I have been to the Ryoan-ji Temple in 2000.

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  4. Great list.

    my very first 13 is up !

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  5. Beautiful photos! I love the sense serenity and simplicity you've captured.

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  6. Simplicity, order, and calm. Makes you feel better just to look.

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  7. 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!

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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.

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  10. These images are gorgeous! I especially love the cool, quiet hallway with a view of the outdoors.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

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  13. Such beautiful photos! They make me want to move into a Zen temple immediately! Would they let me read there? ;)

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful photography! Thanks so much for sharing that with us. Great post.

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  15. 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.

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  16. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my list.

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  17. 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?

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  18. 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. :)

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  19. Dewey,
    Sure, why not? Reading could be your quiet, contemplation time. :P

    Andi,
    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! :P

    Nancy,
    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!

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  20. 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 ;)

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  21. Thanks Chris, and you're welcome. :)

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  22. Oh, your pictures make me want to visit Japan so badly!!! You are a wonderful photographer, really.

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  23. Awww, thanks Bellezza! I'm really looking forward to taking pictures again. It's been far too hot to be outdoors during the summer.

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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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