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The origin of the lion forest and the Zen culture

2018-05-09

The combination of Lion Forest and Zen culture makes the lion forest form distinctive features of Suzhou literati landscape freehand brushwork garden. When the lion forest was built in the Yuan Dynasty, it was also called the Bodhi orthodox temple. The lion is regarded as a beastle in Buddhism, and the Buddhist Sutra is called "the lion of the lion" in the Buddhist scriptures. The Buddha said that the Buddhist Scripture was called the "lion roar", and the Buddha's sitting place (later referred to as a monk sitting at the table) was called the "Leo", and the Buddhist temple called the jungle, called the forest. Therefore, the three word "Lion Forest" is itself a religious term. Zen monks regard contemporary as the respect, and take the way of joining the Zen and the bucket machine, so the Buddhist monks do not go to the Buddha, do not worship the statue, even scold the ancestors, and the Buddhist monasteries are not as good as other Buddhist monasteries in the temple of Buddha and Bodhisattva.

The situation of Lion Forest reflects the characteristics of the early Zen temple in Suzhou in Yuan Dynasty. First, there is no Buddha outside the heart, no Buddhist temple, no idol worship. There is neither Buddhist temple nor statue in the lion's forest, but the mystical world of the Buddhist state is represented by the mimicry rockery, and there are no brilliant Vatican gardens in the garden, and there are no flowers and herbs, but some ordinary houses are scattered between the ancient and the bamboo forests and the rockery, reflecting the original color of the Buddhist monastery. Secondly, the titles of many buildings in the park are full of Zen characteristics. However, when the lion forest was founded, there were cypresses and plum trees left in the Song Dynasty. Even after the lion forest became a private garden, the title remained unchanged after the building was rebuilt, and the lion forest was a typical example of the mutual influence of Zen culture and Chinese garden art.

Zen master not only teaches the essence of Zen while telling the classics, but also analyzes Buddhism when visiting gardens and enjoying scenery. In front of the Lion Peak, they thought that the lion should be "only the lotus seat, the king of the law" as the Buddha's seat, or the lion's likability of the Buddha to "bullying the power" and "the distance from the ground" ("Shi Zifeng", "the lion Lin Shier chanting" by Ming Gorki). "The Hui Feng" ("Hui Feng" in the twelve chants of the lion forest); the "school and Buddha of the mountains in the mountains" under the peak of the puyue peak, to realize that the Zen, like the moonlight, is generally "scattered into the big dry world" ("the vomiting month peak" of "the twelve chants of the lion forest"). The fun of Hyatt is combined with the music of the garden. This fusion of fun is the purpose of combining Zen Monastery and gardens.


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