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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 4, December 2012


Bruce Ross
Hampden, Maine, U.S.A.

The Stone Garden

Meditating on this garden where raked straight lines meet circles of gravel, said to represent “a-um,” inhalation-exhalation, positive-negative, male-female, inseparable from each other, the truth of the universe, the essence of Zen. I had pondered the dramatic screen painting of a huge stylized dragon, the force of energy in the universe and somehow its materiality, just above the garden. Staring at the garden in a higher state I had a flash of deep insight into form and emptiness and from somewhere a baby’s crying and then the mother holding the child.

a faint incense permeates
the ancient wood

Editor's Note: Ryōgen-in is a subtemple of the Daitoku-ji Buddhist complex, located in Kita-ku, Kyoto, Japan. It was constructed in 1502. Wikipedia, Nov. 15, 2012. Images of Ryōgen-in can be found here: Images.



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