Hakuin

Hakuin

Hakuin Ekaku (1686–1768) is a towering figure in Japanese Zen. He was widely respected during his lifetime for his extraordinary courage and determination as he strove tirelessly to revive a Zen tradition in crisis, he is today considered one of the most influential figures in the history of Japanese Zen, most especially the Rinzai Zen school.

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A Reader’s Guide to the Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra stands among the classic Buddhist scriptures. Akin in importance to the “Shema Yisrael” for Jews or the “Lord’s Prayer” for Christians, the Heart Sutra is considered by Mahayanists, and especially Zen Buddhists, to contain the pith instructions for the practice of their...
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Hakuin Ekaku: A Reader's Guide

Hakuin: self-portrait. Ink on paper, 101.6 x 28.6 cm. Eisei Bunko Foundation. Two and a half centuries after his death, the thing Hakuin ((c.1685-1768) is most remembered for is his line “What is the sound of one hand? ” which, for some unknown reason, became the most...
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