Reading Zen in the Rocks – The Japanese Dry Landscape Garden. Translated and with a Philosophical Essay by Graham Parkes.
First published in 1989. Chicago, London, University of Chicago Press, 2000. 17.5 cm x 22.5 cm. XI, 166 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.
A guided tour of the famous rock garden in the Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Tracing its Chinese antecedents and affiliations with Daoism and Chinese landscape painting and the roles of Shinto and Zen Buddhism in the creation and evolution of the garden. The philosophical importance of rocks and their ‘language of stone’ is also considered as well as the differences between Chinese and Japanese gardens and their relation to Buddhism.
Two essays: Reading Zen in the Rocks: ‘The Japanese Dry Landscape Garden’ Francois Berthier / ‘The Role of Rock in the Japanese Dry Landscape Garden’ Graham Parkes.