Zen Gardens and the Water Dividing Stone

The "Water-dividing Stone" is placed at the bottom of a Japanese garden cascade where the torrent splashes evenly. (Mizuwake-ishi)

The mizu wake stone is symbolic of the mythical carp that, through unwavering effort, climbed to the top of the waterfall to become a dragon, a regular teaching parable in the Soto Zen monastery.

This stone is essential for all wonderful cascades...the sound it makes as water hits it is reason enough to place one there!


  1. That is just lovely. I love the look and sound of flowing and falling water.

  2. I agree! and this photo really catches it.....

  3. Great photo - I can hear the water - nothing more calming than water and green spaces - But that's just me! Thanks for the peaceful moment.

  4. The sound of running water is very relaxing! The peace of the garden is good for stress reduction and they add beauty and tranquility to the landscape.Thanks for sharing this peaceful and positive effect on the healing process.

  5. I have several clients in the process of putting in Zen Gardens. appreciate the info and photos.

    1. My pleasure! talk to the rocks as you place them....they will tell you how to set them


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