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September 26, 2002
Perfect Zen Garden, or why?

A team from the Kyoto University researched the secrets of the most famous Zen Gardens in the world, at the Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. This BBC NEWS-Article tells more about the results. You could read it. Or not.


I'm skeptical. I was unfamiliar with the garden's laout, so I made a quick trip to... Google to get a picture. I don't really see what they are talking about at all. In fact, I would imagine there is a pretty high statistical probability that you could find any shape you wished expressed in the garden, thus justifying any preconceived idea as to what makes it so "zen."

Which may be the point in the first place.

Posted by: Todd on September 26, 2002 11:49 PM

Hmm the interesting thing might be that the perfect ZEN garden, is one that does not exist. This whole research feels a bit strange. ; )

Posted by: Witold on September 27, 2002 12:10 AM

This reminds me of somethign a read about a project by a Stanford U. scientist to create the ultimate music classification tool. He created a precise and deep taxonomy which analyzed everything from tempo to key ... even instrumentaion. Yes, yes ... but is the song any good? How do you determine that with mathematics?

Keith Richards once said that no matter how good a synthesizer gets at imitating a piano or string section ... you can always tell that there's no "breath" in it. I feel the same may be true about a mathematically-designed Zen garden.

Posted by: rob on September 27, 2002 05:21 PM

Very zen baby. What does zen mean to you? it's a word that I don't know much about and it suggests 'balanced' to me. I'm not into Tai chi, or Feng shui or ying and yang.

Posted by: sian on September 29, 2002 09:25 AM
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