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The Influence of Zen in Japanese Art and Architecture

The Influence of Zen in Japanese Art and Architecture

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will explore the influence of Zen in Japanese art and architecture.
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Notes on "The Influence of Zen in Japanese Art and Architecture"

Key Terms


Japanese, translated absorption or meditative state. Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and personal direct insights through the Buddhist teachings


An aesthetic of refined simplicity influenced by Zen Buddhism


The beauty that comes with age, could refer to a person who has grown wise with experience or an object that is weathered, but beautiful


A traditional Japanese mat used on the floor traditionally made of rice straw


A Japanese term referring to a recessed space used to display objects in a room

Raku ware

A type of ceramic with a low fire glaze associated with traditional Japanese pottery

Zen garden 

A garden in the Japanese tradition in which the elements (rocks, plants, etc.) serve as an aid to meditation

Sen No Rikyu

A Buddhist teacher who profoundly influenced the development of the tea ceremony and tea house in Japan

Image Credits

Moss Garden; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saihouji-kokedera01.jpg, Moss Garden Pond; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saihouji-kokedera02.jpg, Japanese Tea House, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Museum_f%C3%BCr_Ostasiatische_Kunst_Dahlem_Berlin_Mai_2006_017.jpg,  Japanese Tea House at Duke University, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2008-07-24_New_Duke_Gardens_pavilion_nearing_completion_1.jpgJapanese Tea House, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Museum_f%C3%BCr_Ostasiatische_Kunst_Dahlem_Berlin_Mai_2006_017.jpg, Sen No Rikyu, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sen_no_Rikyu_JPN.jpg Water Jar; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Raku_Tea_Bowl.jpg