Good meditation starter. On the Tree of Contemplative Practices, the roots symbolize the two intentions that are the foundation of all contemplative practices: cultivating awareness and developing a stronger connection to God, the divine, or inner wisdom. The roots of the tree encompass and transcend differences in the religious traditions from which many of the practices originated, and allow room for the inclusion of new practices that are being created in secular contexts.
Stepping Stones (Tobi-ishi) are said to be part practical and part scenic The arrangement of the stones controls the pace as one proceeds through the garden and sets the mood, whether formal, semiformal or informal. Trump stones or yaku-ishi are also used to highlight prominent features of the garden scenery. The first trump stone is the *fumi-ishi placed by the guest's entrance to the *chashitsu". There are many ways of arranging stepping stones: read on