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The Heart of the Brush: Zen Calligraphy

Kaz Tanahashi is an author, artist, and teacher of Zen Buddhism. In this trailer for his Heart of the Brush online course, you will see him at work.

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Hakuin Ekaku (c.1685-1768)

hakuin-2Two and a half centuries after his death, the thing he’s most remembered for is his line “What is the sound of one hand?” which, for some unknown reason, became the most famous of all koans—those notoriously confounding questions Zen masters use to check their students’ awakening. It pops up in the strangest places whenever Zen inscrutability needs to be demonstrated: it’s been the title of a novel, of a movie—and even the answer to a question on Jeopardy. It’s hard to know what Hakuin would have thought of his inadvertent contribution to twenty-first-century popular culture, but if the record he left us in words and images is any indication, he had a fine and subtle sense of humor. He’d likely have gotten a kick out of the Simpsons episode in which Lisa poses the famous case to her aggressively indifferent brother Bart.

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The Approach and Intent of Zen

Rinzai Zen Way
The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

In speaking with many beginning Zen students, it seems apparent that although they may be familiar with some of the methods of Zen practice, what is often lacking is an understanding of the overall approach and intent of the Zen way. Without this understanding it will be difficult to follow the path of our practice and arrive at its fruition. For this reason, I want to speak simply about these things in a manner that is easy to grasp.

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