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Ryogen-in is one of the oldest sub-temples at Daitoku-ji. Built in 1502 by priest Tokei, the oldest statue of the temple dates back to 1250. The Hojo meditation hall is said to be the oldest one in Japan. The original gardens where designed by Saomi, a famous gardener of the Muromachi period, that is to say 13th century. The tiny "Kodatei" garden represents a river flowing in China near which the temple founder lived when in China. Here are two stone called "A" and ìUnî: inhale and exhale, and also refer to opposites in general as is common in Zen philosophy: good & evil, heaven & earth, yin & yang. This garden is thus said to show the "Truth of the Universe"
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Ryogen-in is one of the oldest sub-temples at Daitoku-ji.  Built in 1502 by priest Tokei, the oldest statue of the temple dates back to 1250.  The Hojo meditation hall is said to be the oldest one in Japan. The original gardens where designed by Saomi, a famous gardener of the Muromachi period, that is to say 13th century.   The tiny "Kodatei" garden represents a river flowing in China near which the temple founder lived when in China.  Here are two stone called "A" and ìUnî:  inhale and exhale, and also refer to opposites in general as is common in Zen philosophy:  good & evil, heaven & earth, yin & yang.  This garden is thus said to show the "Truth of the Universe"