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Zoom: Hakuin Study Group & Zazen

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

SHOBO-JI EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAM:

THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, AND PRACTICE OF JAPANESE RINZAI ZEN: ZEN MASTER HAKUIN EKAKU

Instructor: Masaki Matsubara Oshō (Ph.D. in Asian Religions, Cornell)

Class Description:

This class will explore Japanese Zen Buddhist traditions in general, and Rinzai Zen School in particular, focusing on the seminal figure of its history until today – Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769). He is regarded as the founder, reformer, and/or reviver of the contemporary Japanese Rinzai Zen. We will explore his life and the core practices and doctrines of his school by looking at selections from his key writings, including his autobiographical writings, as well as selections from his artwork. We will also examine some of the central questions raised by his work and practice. We are particularly concerned with the following dynamics in Hakuin as an important religious figure in the history of Japanese Buddhism: 1) Hakuin as the reviver of the Japanese Rinzai Zen with particular emphasis on the importance of kōan practice, 2) Hakuin as an ardent meditation master, 3) Hakuin as a versatile artist, and 4) Hakuin as a social critic. Our readings in the class will be primary sources in translation.

Wednesday Nights in April, via Zoom
7pm – 8:45pm

We will begin with a short period of virtual zazen, followed by lecture, discussion, and Q & A.

Fee: $20 per class (non-members) / $15 per class (Zen Studies Society members)

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Reading List*:

Yampolsky, Phillip, trans., The Zen Master Hakuin. Columbia University Press, 1973.

Norman Waddell, trans., Zen Words for the Heart: Hakuin’s Commentary on The Heart Sutra. Shambhala, 1996.

Waddell, trans., The Religious Art of Zen Master Hakuin. Counterpoint, 2009.

Waddell, trans., Hakuin’s Precious Mirror Cave: A Zen Miscellany. Counterpoint 2010.

Waddell, trans., Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin. Shambhala, 2010

* Other readings will also be added / recommended to supplement our classes. All readings will be made available in PDF format.

Details

Date:
April 1
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Venue

Virtual

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