Hakuin was one of the most influential figures in Japanese Zen Buddhism, renowned for his rigorous training methods integrating meditation and koan practice.
illustration of a woman who appears to be (metaphorically) on fire for article on karmic retribution

Magazine | Brief Teachings

Black Fire

During the Gembun era (1736–40), a fire broke out at the neighboring Numazu post station. I sent two of my monks and our old servant Kakuzaemon to find out what was happening. Kakuzaemon came running back, gasping for breath, and made the following report. “Ahh, there is nothing as terrifying or as hateful as fire! […]

By Hakuin

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