Wild Ivy : The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin

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Hakuin Zenji (1689-1769) is a towering figure in Japanese Zen. A fiery and dynamic teacher and renowned artist, he reformed the Zen Rinzai tradition, which had fallen into stagnation and decline in his time, revitalizing it and ensuring its survival even to our own day. Hakuin emphasized the importance of zazen, or sitting meditation, and is also known for his skillful use of koans as a means to insight: the most famous of all koans, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" is attributed to Hakuin. This is the ...

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Overview

Hakuin Zenji (1689-1769) is a towering figure in Japanese Zen. A fiery and dynamic teacher and renowned artist, he reformed the Zen Rinzai tradition, which had fallen into stagnation and decline in his time, revitalizing it and ensuring its survival even to our own day. Hakuin emphasized the importance of zazen, or sitting meditation, and is also known for his skillful use of koans as a means to insight: the most famous of all koans, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" is attributed to Hakuin. This is the first English translation of Hakuin's intimate self-portrait. It includes reminiscences from his childhood, accounts of his Zen practice and enlightenment experiences, practical advice for students on the problems that arise in intensive meditation practice, and the only description of a technique he calls "introspective meditation."

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Spurred by vivid descriptions of the Eight Hot Hells awaiting sinners, Hakuin Ekaku (16861768) ventured from his home in a Japanese fishing village in search of redemption. A lifetime of seeking amidst the rituals and disciplines of Buddhism brought an abundance of frustration, even debilitating illness, but also a bounty of enlightenment experiences. Hakuin devoted his maturity to teaching, helping others along the path, and trying relentlessly to reform those who practiced do-nothing silent illumination Zen. He emphasized the importance of zazen, or seated meditation, and systematized the practice of koan training, or approaching enlightenment via unanswerable questions. Waddell, translator of The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin (Shambhala, 1994), offers the Western student of Zen a rich and rare glimpse into a Zen masters comments on his own spiritual journey, translated for the first time. A welcome and recommended addition to the canon of Zen literature available in English.James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina Lib., Asheville
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570624353
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
1 Authentic Zen: The Danger of False Teachings 1
2 Post-satori Practice: Zen Sickness 48
3 Mount Iwataki: Reflections on Do-Nothing Zen 63
4 Zen Sickness 87
App Preface to Idle Talk on a Night Boat 113
Notes 123
Bibliography 162
Map of Places Mentioned in Wild Ivy 164
Glossary and Index 165
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