Poison Blossoms From a Thicket of Thorn by Hakuin Zenji,Norman Waddell

By Hakuin Zenji,Norman Waddell

Hakuin Enkaku Zenji (1686-1769) used to be one of many maximum Zen masters to ever stay. in more to being the writer of the main well-known koan ever written, “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?” he's credited with reviving the Rinzai sect of Zen in Japan, possibly an important and such a lot rigorous department within the Golden Age of Buddhism. His “Song of Zazen” is chanted in monasteries day-by-day worldwide. Hakuin taught that there are 3 necessities to Zen perform: nice religion, nice Doubt, and nice unravel. basically Dogen comes just about matching the ability and breadth of his writing and teaching.

Norman Waddell has spent his existence studying and commenting at the titanic paintings of Hakuin. He has released numerous earlier choices, all resulting in his paintings in this significant, enormous collecting, the Keiso Dokuzui, by no means earlier than translated in any international language. Translating sacred texts calls for years of perform and intimate familiarity with the cloth in its unique language, in addition to entire mastery of the to be had statement. There’s not anyone alive larger able to dealing with this crucial and tough offering.

For this assortment Hakuin collected greater than 2 hundred person items, together with commentaries, memorials, poems, koans, and teisho (lectures). They have been provided to the numerous scholars residing round his temple in addition to to the numerous lay fans round the state, and Hakuin spent his lifestyles providing those teachings with his personal remark. result's an natural, transforming into number of realizing and recommendation, sure to interact Zen scholars in addition to non secular practitioners in different religious disciplines.

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