This illustrated study of Tenryuji, ranked number one among the five great Zen temples of Kyoto and a major destination for tourism and worship, weaves together history, design, culture, and personal reflection to reveal the inner workings of a great spiritual institution. Looking at Tenryuji's present as a mirror to its past, and detailing the famous pond and rockwork composition by renowned designer Muso Soseki, Norris Brock Johnson presents the first full-length "biography" of a Zen temple garden.
Norris Brock Johnsonis a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and has been teaching and writing about Japanese temple gardens for over twenty years.
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|The Pond in the Garden|
|Land, Landscape, and the Spirit of Place|
|Mountains, Water, and Fragrant Trees|
|Death, Dream, and the Genesis of a Temple|
|Clouds of Flowers Preserve the Way|
|A Garden in Green Shade|
|A Pond of Shadow and Shimmering Stones|
|Footprints in the Sky|
|Settling Flowers of Ice|
|Bridge to Buddha-Nature|
|Sitting in the Garden|
|Anchors Along the Journey|
|The Dragon Gate|
|Garden as Life and Spirit|
|"Just as Before"|
Norris Brock Johnson is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at Waseda University and University of Tokyo, Komaba. Professor Johnson has been researching, teaching, and writing about the temple gardens of Japan for twenty years.