The essential teachings of Zen Master Hakuin: a translation by Hakuin (author), Norman Waddell (translator)

By Hakuin (author), Norman Waddell (translator)

A fiery and very dynamic Zen instructor and artist, Hakuin (1686-1769) is credited with virtually single-handedly revitalizing eastern Zen after 300 years of decline. As a instructor, he put exact emphasis on koan perform, inventing many new koans himself, together with the well-known "What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?" As an artist, Hakuin used calligraphy and portray to create "visual Dharma"—teachings that powerfully show the character of enlightenment. The textual content translated the following deals a great creation to the paintings of this impressive instructor. right here, Hakuin units forth his imaginative and prescient of actual Zen educating and perform, condemning his contemporaries, whom he held answerable for the decline of Zen, and exhorting his scholars to commit themselves to "breaking in the course of the Zen barrier." integrated are reproductions of numerous of Hakuin's most interesting calligraphies and work.

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To the Portuguese, on the other hand, the blow was indeed a bitter one, and largely contributed to accelerate their inevitable ruin; yet in the darkest hours of the decadence of their power, there were some who were not found wanting in the hour of trial, and whose heroic worthily upheld the acquired by their "" ancestors of the early sixteenth century. Nor is the of the taking of Ormuz merely an echo "of old unhappy far-off things, and battles long ago," for the consequences of this are with us to this day, and the of the operations previous to the capture of the place affords several illuminating examples of the dangers which arise from the of the Principles of Warfare, whether by land or sea.

In the preparation of this work I have received much encouragement and from various friends, to whom I take this opportunity of rendering my thanks. Denison Ross I owe a great debt for their and advice prior to my commencing the work. Capitão de Fregata Quirino da Fonseca and Mr. Anderson have given me valuable help in with some of the more knotty points of seventeenth-century Portuguese naval technicalities, and have saved me from committing several blunders; those which remain in this are my own.

Translation is a thankless task at all times, and in this case it was not helped by the flowing and watery favoured by the Portuguese writer, whose tion moreover was capricious in the extreme. Nor were his shortcomings helped by the carelessness of the proof reader and the negligence of the printer, but I that those who are able to compare this translation with the original will not find it altogether wanting. not doubting that the work would have been better done by the hand of so accomplished a Portuguese scholar as Professor , yet I that the amount of material I have from printed and manuscript sources, will render this book a useful contribution to the long and glorious of both England and Portugal in Asia.

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