The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin

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The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin

A Translation of the Sokko-roku Kaien-fusetsu

By Hakuin Ekaku; Norman Waddell (Translator)

Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590308066, 137pp.

Publication Date: July 13, 2010

A fiery and intensely dynamic Zen teacher and artist, Hakuin (1685 1768) is credited with almost single-handedly revitalizing Japanese Zen after three hundred years of decline. As a teacher, he placed special emphasis on koan practice, inventing many new koans himself, including the famous What is the sound of one hand clapping? As an artist, Hakuin used calligraphy and painting to create visual Dharma teachings that powerfully express the nature of enlightenment. The text translated here offers an excellent introduction to the work of this extraordinary teacher. Hakuin sets forth his vision of authentic Zen teaching and practice, condemning his contemporaries, whom he held responsible for the decline of Zen, and exhorting his students to dedicate themselves to breaking through the Zen barrier. Included are reproductions of several of Hakuin's finest calligraphies and paintings.

About the Author

Norman Waddell has published translations of Suzuki and Dogen, and, most recently, "Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin". He lives in Japan.