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Lake Merritt Japanese Garden
Name:Lake Merritt Japanese Garden garden photo
Lake Merritt Japanese Garden
Photo: Susan Fitz



 
Alternate Name:Lakeside Park Show Gardens 
Address:666 Bellevue Avenue 
Mailing Address:City of Oakland Lakeside Nursery, Oakland, CA 94610 
City:Oakland 
State:California 
Postal Code:94612 
Country:UNITED STATES 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=37.812328; long=-122.253748
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Weather:current weather 
Phone:+1.415.273.3186 
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Public/Private:PUBLIC 
Hours:Mon - Fri 10:00am - 3:00pm; Sat & Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm and Nov - Apr 10:00am - 4:00pm; Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's 
Admission:No charge; parking is $3 on weekends 
Added to JGarden:7/8/2000 
Last Updated:4/3/2001 
JGarden Description:This 8 acre park has a whole range of gardens including herb, Japanese, a community garden, composting area, firescape, fushia, palm, citrus, rhododendron, a greenhouse, cactus, iris

Located in Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt. Lakeside Park is also the home of the Garden Center, Rotary Nature Center and Wildlife Refuge, Boat Rentals Fairyland, etc. 




Saihoji Temple, Kyoto
Actuality is emblem here: a walled-in garden
With its hieroglyph of the heart a lake with lotuses,
And its stones and trees a figure of ascent
From painted maze and sensuous paradise
To the Pure Land of the mind, the interior garden.
All paths wind inward to this inward mirror --
Reflecting-pool of primitive solitude --
Where the mind, quiescent, meditates its shadow,
In the garden's Heart this cipher of the heart.

Some bonze cropped bald by wisdom's scythe, to glean
In Chinese glaosses on the Sakya sage
Reality's scattered kernels, planted here
A green and less laborious commentary:
Perpetual witness of the perfect stillness.

Only the moss speaks still, a living scroll;
From the lakeshore to the hillside a silver-green
Page of continuous discourse where the foot moves
More soundlessly that thought along the paths laid
Over ten centuries ago
For the saints rehearsing sutras.

Their path unfolding in a single text,
They moved on an obscure way more quietly
Than the arhat's mantras or the lohan's prayer;
And bruised no stone, no grasses in their passing,
The ground of their desire inviolate.

Nameless, they merged into indifferent turf,
Engrossed in one impartite grace of green,
Their separate deaths lost in this single life --
Men without memory, without distinction.
Though earth assumes them like a scroll rolled up,
The path is fragrant still because they passed here.

  John M. Steadman
  20th Century

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