Mini zen garden
According to temple legend, Saihō-ji was constructed during the Nara Period by Gyōki, on the location of one of Prince Shōtoku's former retreats. The temple first operated as a Hossō temple dedicated to Amitabha, and was known as "Saihō-ji" (西方寺), a homophone of the current name. The name was selected because Amitabha is the primary buddha of Western Paradise, known in Japanese as "Saihō Jōdo" (西方浄土). Legend states that such famous Japanese monks as Kūkai and Hōnen later served as the chief prie
Renge-ji is a small temple in the north-east of Kyoto city. Despite its minimalist size, it is very well known as a top spot for watching the autumn colours. According to the pamphlet Renge-ji was founded in 1662 by Imaeda Chikayoshi but other sources state that it was originally near the current location of Kyoto Station, and that Imaeda-san only moved it here and "revived" it long after its total destruction during the Onin war (1467~1477).
This is a homemade miniature Zen Garden made from a picture frame, some sand and round aquarium river stones and a candle. A bamboo back scratcher as a rake and voila! A Zen Garden for your bedroom or dorm room. You can get even fancier by buying a small Bonsai tree or one of those battery powered Zen fountains at Wal-Mart for $10.00 and add the soothing sound of trickling water to your garden. Sam.