Wild Ivy : The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin

Wild Ivy : The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin

by Norman Waddell
     
 

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

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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 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:
03/16/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.93(d)

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