Hakuin Ekaku

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Hakuin Ekaku (白隠 慧鶴 Hakuin Ekaku; 16861769) was one of the most influential figures in Japanese Zen Buddhism. He transformed the Rinzai school from a declining tradition that lacked rigorous practice into a tradition that focused on arduous meditation and koan practice. Essentially all modern practitioners of Rinzai Zen use practices directly derived from the teachings of Hakuin.


  • You know the sound of two hands clapping; tell me, what is the sound of one hand?
    • Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin trans. Norman Waddell (2010) p. 179

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