Ginkakuji Temple's Perpetual Self Contemplation

 A stroll along the Philosophers Walk in Kyoto, a walking path that is a pleasant mixture of quiet suburban gardens with  possies of white and tortoiseshell cats, tea shops and souvenir shops,  leads on to Ginkakuji Temple.  This is a garden so exquisite, so in scale, with walks up through groves,  down along rills, past sand gardens that may contain the beginnings of several universes,  with glimpses of roofs and other garden rooms that lead on in a way that makes strolling an effortless pleasure, and contemplation of the gardens a refreshment. One suspects that in spring, the trees blossom into poems.

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