Spirit of Place, Place of Spirit, Spiritual experience in Japanese Zen temple gardens

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Lähde, Elisa
dc.contributor.author Luoto, Elias
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-04T07:10:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-04T07:10:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/27138
dc.description.abstract In this bachelor thesis I studied the connection between spiritual experience and landscape design in the context of Japanese Zen temple gardens. My aim was to understand how the spirit of Zen is expressed trough landscape design, and on the other hand, how Zen gardens enable further spiritual experience such as enlightenment. Trough understanding the connection between spiritual experience and landscape design in this context, I hoped to gain a more universal understanding on the topic. This thesis was concluded as a literature review. I studied the elements of Zen Buddhism and Japanese temple gardens both separately and in relation to each other. My main focus was on Muromachi era (1336-1573) Zen temple gardens, from which I chose two for further study. The two example gardens were Saihō-ji and Ryōan-ji, both situated in Kyoto. Trough this study I was able to conclude some main forms of spiritual expression in Saihō-ji and Ryōan-ji. I was also able to point out some main elements of Zen temple gardens, that can enable spiritual experiences. However, I also discuss whether a mere repetition of these elements contributes to a harmonious and spiritually inspiring space. In this thesis I will point out a deep connection between the harmonious form of Japanese Zen temple gardens and the inner state of the monks who designed them. How this understanding can be utilized in creating more harmonious and spiritually inspiring contemporary landscape design requires further study. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Spirit of Place, Place of Spirit, Spiritual experience in Japanese Zen temple gardens en
dc.title Henkinen kokemus japanilaisissa Zen temppelipuutarhoissa fi
dc.type G1 Kandidaatintyö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.subject.keyword spiritual experience en
dc.subject.keyword Japanese gardens en
dc.subject.keyword Zen Buddhism en
dc.subject.keyword landscape design en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201707046133
dc.type.ontasot Bachelor's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Kandidaatintyö fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Mannerla-Magnusson, Meri
dc.programme fi

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