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Zen Garden Guide

Traditionally, certain patterns have a certain effect.


The various elements and drawings in this zen gardens all have a special meaning and effect. The interpretation of the elements is not prescribed although you can find some basic similarities.

The four elements stone, water, moss and tree

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Especially the four elements of stone, water, moss and tree are found in Zen gardens. Stones are used to draw the view of the conteplator and stand for animals in nature or decending gods from heaven. The water stands for lakes or oceans or for gods that coming across the sea. In the special form of Kare-san-sui raked patterns in the sand are used to represent water. The moss stands for age and the tree is the symbol of life or the symbol of humanity, because people are as individual as a tree, but also a part of the whole.


Meaning of the motives

Mountain

By resting comes maturity

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Circles

Islands, impulses from the middle

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Spirals

male (clockwise rotation) or female (left-hand side rotation) energy gain

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Smooth

Calm, tranquility, the calm before the storm

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Sea & Islands

the strong, quiet power of the sea

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Waves

even kinetic energy

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Wavy lines

creek or river, rapid change

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