The Zen Garden Kit is a miniature of a Karesansui garden. Karesansui gardens reproduce natural landscapes in an abstract way by using stones, gravel, sand and sometimes a few patches of moss for representing mountains, islands, boats, seas and rivers. Karesansui gardens are strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism and used for meditation. The main elements of Karesansui are rocks and sand, with the sea symbolized not by water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water. The act of raking the gravel into a pattern recalling waves or rippling water has an aesthetic function. Zen priests practice this raking also to help them focus their concentration. Achieving perfection of lines is not easy. Rakes are according to the patterns of ridges as desired and limited to some of the stone objects situated within the gravel area. Developing variations in patterns is a creative and inspiring challenge.
ZEN GARDEN A Our Zen Garden A packages include – a 7.5” x 7.5” frame, five polished rocks, a rake, an incense holder with four pieces of incense, and shipping and handling. You can decide how many sets to order in your package.
ZEN GARDEN B Our Zen Garden B packages include – a 7” x 7” frame, three polished rocks, a rake, a pagoda, and shipping and handling. You can decide how many sets to order in your package.