Kenninji has an amazing zen rock garden. Probably myfavorite of my visit to Kyoto. I wish I had time to just sit and enjoy it but J was waiting outside so no dice.
Once inside I of course sought out the goshuin window. They took my book and gave me a number to come back and collect my book later. I’m of a bit of mixed mind on what I like better. With the number you can look around and get to see the temple instead of waiting in line.
But I also like watching the monks write the goshuin live as the calligraphy is gorgeous and their skill and artistic abilities very high. Of course they must get tons of practice too. So pros and cons to both. Very zen I would say.
Anywho inside the temple with my shoes in a plastic bag like normal, I got to look around. The artwork inside was both beautiful and clear. Plus they allowed photos which I alwaya appreciate. So the gods of wind and thunder are represented well at Kenninji.
The zen gardens are both outside and bending around a corner while there is a smaller one on the interior to see. The large one wraps a corner becuase of never being able to see the entire thing at once. Likely a metaphor for the universe. Did I mention I’m probably Buddhist now because of all the temple visits?
The rock / zen garden was the best ive seen here in kyoto so that was really a highlight to the trip. Also in another building at the temple, to commemorate the 800th anniversary a new artwork was put on the ceiling back in 2012. The dragons, one holding a pearl. Super cool.