Hakuin Zenji also known as Hakuin Ekaku (1686 1769)

Hakuin Zenji also known as Hakuin Ekaku (1686 1769)
Reformer of Zen Buddhism
What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Image of Hakuin asking What is the sound of one hand clapping?

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

So asked Hakuin, the author of this well known Zen koan. Hakuin was one of the most important Japanese Zen masters of the Rinzai school. He is often referred to as the father of modern Rinzai Zen, since he gave new impetus to the Rinzai school which had been gradually deteriorating since the 14th century and reformed it. He systematized koan training and emphasized once again the importance of zazen (sitting in absorption) the practice of which had been more and more eclipsed by intellectual preoccupation with Zen writings.

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