Zen Words for the Heart: Hakuin's Commentary on the Heart Sutra

Zen Words for the Heart: Hakuin's Commentary on the Heart Sutra

by Norman Waddell
     
 

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Hakuin
Zenji (1689-1769) was one of the most important of all Japanese Zen masters.
His commentary on the
Heart
Sutra

is a Zen classic that reflects his dynamic teaching style, with its balance of scathing wit and poetic illumination of the text. Hakuin's sarcasm, irony, and invective are ultimately guided by a compassion that seeks to

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Hakuin
Zenji (1689-1769) was one of the most important of all Japanese Zen masters.
His commentary on the
Heart
Sutra

is a Zen classic that reflects his dynamic teaching style, with its balance of scathing wit and poetic illumination of the text. Hakuin's sarcasm, irony, and invective are ultimately guided by a compassion that seeks to dislodge students' false assumptions and free them to realize the profound meaning of the
Heart
Sutra

for themselves. The text is illustrated with Hakuin's own calligraphy and brush drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834828322
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Norman Waddell is a professor of international studies at Otani University in Kyoto, Japan. He is also the translator of The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin and Zen Words for the Heart: Hakuin's Commentary on the Heart Sutra.

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