Genko-an is famous for its two large windows. “The Window of Enlightenment" is round, showing the harmony of the universe. The squared window is called "The Window of Confusion" symbolising humans’ lives of suffering. Both windows overlook the same garden, though the effect of looking through each window is quite different. The garden's plants and stones are arranged to create an elegant world of wabi and sabi. Genko-an Temple was originally built as a hermitage for the head priest of Daitoku-ji Temple, but was turned into a Zen temple.
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