Ryoanji (the Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is located in the foothills northwest of Kyoto. If visiting, I would recommend travelling on the small train of the Keifuku Kitano Line to enjoy a view of residential life in Kyoto.
Ryoanji is a Zen temple most famous for its karesansui (rock garden), which is said to be the finest garden of its type. The karesansui will be the subject of a later post, though glimpses of the magnificent garden wall can be seen in photos 6 and 7. For this post I simply want to share the beauty of Ryoanji’s other garden areas during autumn, particularly those around the Kyoyochi Pond, built in the 12th century and pre-dating the temple buildings of the late 15th century.
“I learn only to be contented” is the translation of an inscription on a stone washbasin for Ryoanji’s tea-room (not open to the public). Zen considers those who learn only to be contented to be spiritually rich. My hope here is less ambitious and is simply that you may find contentment in the images.
(Please click on any of the following images for an enlarged view.)