What do I think of this temple?
What do I see? What do I sense? What do I hear? What do I smell? What do I taste?
I am a tourist who wants to be termed ‘curious’.
I came because it is the oldest zen temple Kyoto. As a result, this temple was on my list of ‘must dos’ (‘must’ being defined by me, with reference to what others would think of me if I did not make this visit)
I stayed because I was tired of walking. I paid the entry fee for the same reason.
I remain here, and I write here, because I want to better understand my sense of connection to this location.
I am writing overlooking a zen garden; a square, circle and triangle; the three shapes the offer the foundation for every other shape on earth … according to the garden’s creator.
It is not ‘pretty’… it soothes the ‘self’.
Why this sense of calm?
Is there an element that is actually calm-inducing – or is there a perception that a zen-temple will be calm-inducing – the perception being all that is necessary for the realisation of calm?
Is perception as important as reality? Does perception create reality?