The Religious Art of Zen Master Hakuin [NOOK Book]

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A charismatic and extraordinary Zen teacher and artist, Hakuin (1686–1769) is credited with almost single-handedly reforming and revitalizing Japanese Zen from a state of extreme spiritual decline. As a teacher, he placed special emphasis on koan practice, inventing new koans such as the famous “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” He also stressed the need to extend the benefits of Zen to others.
What made Hakuin even more remarkable was that he was not only a religious ...
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The Religious Art of Zen Master Hakuin

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Overview


A charismatic and extraordinary Zen teacher and artist, Hakuin (1686–1769) is credited with almost single-handedly reforming and revitalizing Japanese Zen from a state of extreme spiritual decline. As a teacher, he placed special emphasis on koan practice, inventing new koans such as the famous “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” He also stressed the need to extend the benefits of Zen to others.
What made Hakuin even more remarkable was that he was not only a religious teacher but also a prolific artist. Using calligraphy and painting to create “visual Dharma,” his teachings were rendered on paper in pictures, characters, and images, uniquely and magnificently expressing the nature of enlightenment as he wished to impart it to his students.
The Religious Art of Zen Master Hakuin is a stunning volume containing many of Hakuin’s finest calligraphies and paintings, along with brilliant commentary by Katsuhiro Yoshizawa, the leading Japanese expert on Hakuin and his work. Yoshizawa masterfully guides the reader from one piece of artwork to the next, sharing the story of Hakuin’s life, revealing the profound religious meaning embedded in each illustration, and providing a detailed documentary of the lessons of one of Zen’s most respected teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582439860
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 821,809
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author


Katsuhiro Yoshizawa is a professor of Zen Buddhism at Hanazono University in Kyoto, where he also serves as Director of the Hakuin Studies Center.

Norman Waddell lives in Kyoto, Japan. His other translations include work by Dogen, Bankei, Hakuin, D.T. Suzuki, and many others.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Hakuin's Sacred Mountains 19

Chapter 2 Otafuku and Hotei, Portraits and Poets 63

Chapter 3 Rocks, Pumpkinhead, Toys, and Birds 121

Chapter 4 Ingenious Teaching Devices; Unusual Figures 179

Chapter 5 Hakuin's Hell-"Seeking Bodhi Above, Saving Sentient Beings Below" 219

List of Hakuin's Works 253

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