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Jōdo teien; Jōdoshiki teien

Jōdo garden; Pure Land garden

A style of Buddhist temple garden, integrating an Amida hall and a pond, in an attempt to reproduce the Pure Land on this earth. Many were made from the mid-Heian to the Kamakura periods, as places to pray for their builders' rebirth in paradise. The gardens of Byōdōin temple in Uji and Jōruriji temple in Kamo, Kyoto prefecture, are typical examples.

Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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