Purpose of Zen Garden

A Japanese Zen garden is conceived and created from the meditative inspiration of the gardener, and contemplating one is a doorway to meditation for the viewer. Many writers and artists use the methodical raking as a way of spurring creative thought. Zen gardens can be added to any space as a simply striking art form, without any meditation expected from it; the clean lines and sharp contrasts that the stones and sand provide is alluring to most eyes.

While no rule exists against including plants and water features, many gardens omit them entirely and construct the garden from rocks and gravel to evoke emptiness through abstraction.

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