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


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

Magazine Teachings

The Kannon Sutra

Toward the end of his life, Zen Master Hakuin [1689 -1769] took an interest in aspects of life outside the monastery walls, including social and governmental concerns. In the passage that follows, excerpted from a letter addressed in 1754 to Lord Nabeshima on the subject of the virtuous leader, he discusses the merit of reciting […]

By Hakuin

Magazine Arts & Culture

Classic Zen Excerpts

Hakuin Japanese Rinzai Zen master (1689—1769) “Is That So?” The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life.
A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child.
This made her parents angry. She would not confess […]

[Hakuin] and [The Kanjurwa Khutughtu] Hakuin
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