Hakuin, also called Hakuin Ekaku, original name Iwajirō, (born Jan. 19, , Hara, Suruga province, Japan—died Jan. 18, , Hara), priest, writer, and artist. Art historians have taken an interest in Hakuin Ekaku () in recent years . The old Zen master’s ink brush paintings and calligraphy are. Hakuin Ekaku (白隠 慧鶴 Hakuin Ekaku; January 19, – January 18, ) was one of the most influential figures in Japanese Zen Buddhism. He was a.

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He is regarded as the reviver of the Rinzai school from a moribund period of eakku, refocusing it on its traditionally rigorous training methods integrating meditation and koan practice.

Hakuin was born in in the small village of Hara, at the foot of Mount Fuji. His mother was a devout Nichiren Buddhist, and it is likely that her piety was a major influence on his decision to become eekaku Buddhist monk. This deeply impressed the young Hakuin, and he developed a pressing hakuuin of hell, seeking a way to escape it. He eventually came to the conclusion that it would be necessary to become a monk.


While at Daisho-ji, he read the Lotus Sutra, considered by the Nichiren sect to be the king of all Buddhist sutras, and found it disappointing, saying “it consisted of nothing more hakuij simple tales about cause and effect”. At the age of nineteen, he came across in his studies the story of the Chinese Ch’an master Yantou Ekakuu, who had been brutally murdered by eekaku.

Hakuin despaired over this story, as it showed that even a great monk could not be saved from a bloody death in this life. How then could he, just a simple monk, hope to be saved from the tortures of hell in the next life?

He gave up his goal of becoming an enlightened monk, and not wanting to return home in shame, traveled around studying literature and poetry.

Hakuin Ekaku ()

While studying with the poet-monk Bao, he had an experience that put him back along the path of monasticism. He saw a number of books piled out in the temple courtyard, books from every school of Buddhism. Struck by the sight of all these volumes of literature, Hakuin prayed to the gods of the Dharma to help him choose a path. He then reached out and took a book; it was a collection of Zen stories from the Ming Dynasty.


Inspired by this, he repented and dedicated himself to the practice of Zen. He again went traveling for two years, settling down at the Eigen-ji temple when he was twenty-three. It was here that Hakuin had his first entrance into enlightenment when he was twenty-four.

Picturing Paradox

He locked himself away in a shrine in the temple for seven days, and eventually reached an intense awakening upon hearing the ringing of the temple bell. However, his master refused to acknowledge this enlightenment, and Hakuin left the temple.

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