Complete Poison Blossoms from a Thicket of Thorn The Zen Records of Hakuin Hekaku
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- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 07/11/2017
- Publisher: Counterpoint
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The Complete Poison Blossoms, comprising some 450 individual piecesthe majority in verse, ranging from four-line poems to essays sufficiently long to have been published as independent textsis a sourcebook of guidance on the path to ultimate liberation. Waddell augments these texts with clarifying introductions and background context, detailed notes explaining Hakuin’s allusions, and side remarks recorded during lectures by Hakuin’s own students in their copies of the text. Hakuin’s teaching is elusive, suggestive, and poetic, a web of mysterious pieces that encourage students to delve into the reality of Buddha-nature and to realize it themselves. Formally or informally, every piece in this collection is a koan to be chewed on, swallowed, and digested by unflagging meditation on the paradoxical meaning of the wordsand what lies beyond the words.