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Kamakura Zuisen-ji Temple in Autumn

Simple rock garden designed for Zen practice

Priest Muso Soseki built this rock garden at Zuisen-ji Temple in Kamakura for his Zen practice, and it shows his strict and severe face. At the downfall of the Kamakura Period (1333), Muso Soseki opened the doors of the temple for all the wounded samurai and their families who escaped from the war. He and his followers took care of them, and the temple became much like a field hospital. Ten years later, he built more relaxing gardens in Kyoto, at Saiho-ji and Tenryu-ji Temple.

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