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Enlightenment changes nothing and everything Nothing is solved Enlightenment is not a goal but a state of being that has to be rediscovered on a continual basis Zen Principles and The Relationship with The Zen Garden Zen and Japanese Culture Zen Garden History The style of zen garden was developed 14 -16th century Though it was created by zen monks in the zen temples its style was influenced by the political situation and also by the other religions The original form of zen garden can go back to the ancient time before 5th century when people worshipped the gigantic rocks on the mountain as the symbol of divine power or the place where the god decend This worship of rocks determined the use of rock in the garden The worship of the rocks in ancient time was closely related to Shintoism a religion which originates in the origin of the empror family wwwdxnetnet In 6th century the original form of the garden appeared in front of the house of the emperor At that time it was just a pond which had a symbolic meaning mirror and also used for the rituals by the emperor The rituals were basically the mix of Shintoism and Buddhism which already came into Japan As Japan started trading with China in 7th century the more sophisticated style from China came into Japan The design of the capital the palace the houses of the nobles and the style of garden were influenced by China Also Buddhism and Taoism from China influenced Japanese culture The influence of Chinese style garden was evident in the gardens in 7-9th century the strolling garden with a pond and an island inside the pond The design usually
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