Karesansui, meaning dry garden in Japanese, is better known in the West as Zen garden. Its deep symbolism unites the age-old Japanese art of gardening and Zen philosophy. The elements, water, stones, and plants, represented by gravel and rocks, are suspended, each with its own value, inside the main element, emptiness. Ocean water is represented by pebble rivers; stone is the symbol of all which exists in the natural world; rocks are a mother tiger with her cubs swimming towards a dragon, and are part of the Kanji character used in Japanese writing for heart and mind. Wabi Sabi is the serenity and the beauty of knowing that everything in this world has life.
You can read more at my Garden Art page