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Wild ivy : the spiritual autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin
Hakuin, 1686-1769.
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Itsumadegusa. English
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Boston : Shambhala, 1999.
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xliv, 177 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Hakuin Zenji, also known as Hakuin Ekaku (1689-1769), is often referred to as the "father" of the Japanese Zen Rinzai school. His reforms revitalized the school, ensuring its endurance even to our own day. A fiery and dynamic teacher and renowned artist, Hakuin reemphasized the importance of zazen, or sitting meditation, in his teaching. This intimate self-portrait of the Zen master includes reminiscences from his childhood, an account of how he came to practice Zen, and a description of his enlightenment experiences.

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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.