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Leverett House Dormitory Yard
URL:Goto this web site  http://leverett.harvard.edu/ 
Name:Leverett House Dormitory Yard 



 
Alternate Name:Harvard University 
Address:Memorial Drive & DeWolfe St 
Mailing Address: 
City:Cambridge 
State:Massachusetts 
Postal Code:02318 
Country:UNITED STATES 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=42.36943; long=-71.11709
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Designer(s):Shinichiro Abe, ZEN Associates 
Construction Period: -  
Public/Private:PUBLIC 
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Added to JGarden:8/11/2001 
Last Updated:8/11/2001 
JGarden Description:Located along the Charles River on Memorial Drive, Leverett House is composed of McKinlock Hall and a Library-Tower complex. The house was named in honor of John Leverett, a famous lawyer and judge, who served as President of Harvard University from 1708 until 1724. Leverett House now serves as the residence for approximately 450 upperclassmen. Facilities in the house include Junior and Senior Common rooms, a darkroom, several computer terminals, a house grill, an active arts society, and an old library, which has been converted to a theater. It is not know when the Japanese garden was built, but it is likely to have been recent. 




Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto
Only in the cloister
Could such a garden thrive, a soil where nature
    Flowers in spiritual dryness,
Drawing an interior nurture
    From sand and rock.

Where the labyrinth of illusion
    No longer entangles the senses
Enmeshing vision in delusive lusters;
Where the lust of the eyes is silenced
And desire of forms, and names of forms,
    Move to no visible end.

Those who planted here
Sowed no ephemeral seed
For the seasonal tempests to scatter,
But the silent root that ripens in detachment,
    Flowers in renunciation.

Gardeners of eternity,
Those who planted here
    Framed the garden in the image of a desert
    And the desert in the image of a sea --
Then shrunk the seas to the mind's salt and, tasting,
    Dissolved all thought away.

On these rocks no water breaks. Without attrition
Tides and currents in this ocean rest and revolve
    In a void of sound, vortex of sand; perpetual
Circles enmesh and paralyzed sea and air:
The effigy of time and measure
    Purged of time and measure

Becalmed on this dead sea of being
No wave moves, no wind of desire
    Flexes the indolent sail.
But focussing its single eye
On dreamless immobility
The gulf like a burnished mirror
    Regards the empty void.

In this dead sea of vision the surges
Merge without movement; the tides
Indifferent to flood and ebb
    Freeze in a flux of haste.
The seagull without motion
Broods on the changeless waste,
Then sinks, his feathers frozen,
    In a sand ocean.

Frail caravels who sail
This subtle gulf, morte mer,
Who stir with urgent keel
The fossil waters of the Great Mirage,
    Or steer by lodestone to delusive ports:

In this calm beyond stasis, dead calm,
No compass points to the land,
    No magnet of attachment
    Guides the helmsman's hand
Through fifteen naked rocks in raked and rhythmic sand.

Here is no sea for the admirals,
The whalers, the merchants of cargoes --
    Those finite venturers for the temporal haven.
These depths are destination,
And naufrage sweeter than harbor.
    Shipwreck is haven on this inland sea.

  John M. Steadman
  20th Century

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