Ryōan-ji (龍安寺The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. The Ryōan-ji garden is considered the finest surviving examples of kare-sansui (“dry landscape”), a refined type of Japanese Zen temple garden design generally featuring distinctive larger rock formations arranged amidst a sweep of smooth pebbles (small, carefully selected polished river rocks) raked into linear patterns that facilitate meditation. The temple and its gardens are listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On my Kyoto trip, I visited Ryōan-ji. Ryōan-ji is famous by its garden and one of the finest places for Zen meditation. I am interested in Zen meditation because of Steve Jobs. So I went there and did Zen meditation for 3 hours. It was such a special time for me. Please visit Ryōan-ji, if you are interested in Japanese Zen.