Karensansui—Dry landscaping in Zen gardens
The gravel and to the raked lines, in other words, form the support of reality — and at the same time represent an extremely high level of understanding about the nature of the cosmos… while also managing to be nothing more than sand and gravel. Levels are at play here; levels of both manifestation, understanding, and even Being itself; and what better way to indicate levels than with rocks both lying flat and docile against the sand, and also thrusting up out of it like powerful mountains?
The invitation the raked garden issues is to enter and participate in this environment, which is a bridge to the greater freedom of the unraked garden with its paths, flowers, and plants. The garden is furthermore structured to allow a fluid movement through all of the environments, emphasizing the potential for a great deal of independence within the many different types of manifestation expressed by the physical structures.