In addition to Myoshin-ji, I visited a few of the other stunning and ancient Zen temples that are scattered all over Kyoto. The powerful, towering gates of Nanzen-ji and the calm pond at Tenryu-ji have lodged themselves forever in my memory. Ryogen-in and its gardens, which seem to say something about the universe or about Zen, are equally unforgettable. The details, the smells, the atmosphere, the pain. The Zen experience is beyond words. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get to the heart of Japanese culture in Kyoto.