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Zen in Japanese Art and Architecture

Zen in Japanese Art and Architecture

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will explore the influence of Zen in Japanese art and architecture.
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Notes on "Zen in Japanese Art and Architecture"

Terms to Know


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

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.


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.

Raku Ware

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


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


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



Image of Moss Garden at Saihoji Temple, Kyoto, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saihouji-kokedera01.jpg; Image of Garden at Saihoji Temple, Kyoto, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saihouji-kokedera02.jpg; Image of Rock Garden at Ryoanji, Kyoto, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kyoto-Ryoan-Ji_MG_4512.jpg; Image of Tea Ceremony Water Jar, Photo by Chris73, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Raku_Tea_Bowl.jpg; Image of Japanese Tea House, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Museum_f%C3%BCr_Ostasiatische_Kunst_Dahlem_Berlin_Mai_2006_017.jpg