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Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin
 
 

Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin [Kindle Edition]

Hakuin , Norman Waddell
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The most important Japanese Zen master after Dogen, Hakuin reinvigorated Rinzai Zen through an emphasis on the uncompromising pursuit of enlightenment. Such a relentless pursuit can be found in the pages of his autobiography Wild Ivy. After being scared out of his wits by a Nichiren priest lecturing on the fires of Hell, Hakuin left home at the tender age of 14. He set himself to practicing but vacillated, alternating between fervent effort and doubt. Wild Ivy tells honestly of the ups and downs of Zen training, of peak satori experiences, and deflating conundrums. Perhaps the great value of this book is the human face that Hakuin manages to put on a centuries-old tradition by offering details from his own life. For instance, take his story of being beaten unconscious by a crazed woman with a broom and coming out of it with a penetrating understanding of the impenetrable Koans he had been working on. Through his merciless practice, Hakuin also experienced a physical deterioration, or "Zen sickness," and relates the storybook account of his ascending a remote mountain to glean the secret method of introspective meditation from a cave-dwelling hermit. Hakuin believed that even after satori, one must never stop practicing. Teaching is one method of practice, and Wild Ivy stands as one of Hakuin's great teachings. --Brian Bruya

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“Norman Waddell presents the cranky, impassioned master Hakuin with an uncanny sense of Right English. Now we know you, old Hakuin.”—Robert Aitken, author of The Practice of Perfection and Taking the Path of Zen



“A rich and rare glimpse into a Zen master's comments on his own spiritual journey, translated for the first time. A welcome and recommended addition to the canon of Zen literature available in English.”—Library Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 363 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: Shambhala Publications (26. Juli 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005ET9V0C
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Zen Master Hakuin Zenji strikes again 18. März 1999
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Norman Waddell has brought this utter gem of a book to the English speaking world about one the greatest Zen Masters of our modern era. Hakuins words are incredibly timely for the Western Sangha that has digressed into formalistic ritualism as opposed to direct seeing. There are only three other books in English out there deicated to Hakuin and each one is a treasure for our time. At a time of massive degredation in the Zen comunity Hakuin attacked hard and succictly at the "ghost sitters" and blank minded people that taught false Zen to others. Many thanks sincerely to Mr Waddell for this book. As having every book ever published in English on Zen, I can say that this holds among the highest ranks as a book for those that claim to be true Zennists or are interested in it. Hakuin slices to shreds those that claim to preach the Dharma and now more than ever this book is of paramount importance to be read by the Zen Sangha. Thank you Norman, more than you know.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Medicine Tastes Bitter 10. April 2002
Von richard hunn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Norman Waddel has made an excellent job of this translation. Rare as they are, autobiographies of Zen monks pose special difficulties - yet the translator has surmounted these, leaving us with a powerfully moving and inspiring document. Hakuin Ekaku the great reformer of Rinzai Zen in the Tokugawa,was a towering figure, a religious genius, whose rich spiritual insight expressed itself in countless ways - not only in his many Dharma talks and commentaries, but also in art. The overall impression one gets from Hakuin's teachings - is that of a formidable spirit, for whom all barriers and impediments had melted away. As such, it is easy to imagine Hakuin lacked human vulnerability. The rewarding thing about reading Hakuin's autobiography, is that reveals the trials and tribulationa the Master had to negotiate, to find that 'place of final rest.' Hakuin didn't shrink from revealing the weaknesses and foibles of his own character, and if the mature Hakuin - the accomplished Master, seems daunting, it is because he presented to others - by way of teaching and instruction - the same tasks he took upon himself. This work - the 'Itsumadegusa' shows us this process - in a detailed and exacting way. Quite evidently - going by some readers' comments, Hakuin's rather arduous path doesn't appeal everybody. There is a tendewncy to translate Zen into a kind of 'soft' option, but Hakuin was well aware of this trait - known in his day, also - and he was uncompromising about combatting it. Hakuin's severity is often contrasted with Bankei's 'easy way' - his 'Unborn Zen,' but in truth, even Bankei had to exert himself - and did exert himself. Suzuki Daisetz made this point. Besides, if Hakuin is judged according to the methods of his predecessors - in Chinese Ch'an, the Chinese biographies reveal a similar pattern.
In fact, despite being regarded as a figurehead of 'Rinzai Zen' - and therefore a champion of what is these days deemed the 'hard school' of Zen, Hakuin saw himself as a successor of the great Ch'an schools and masters of the T'ang, including the Ts'ao-tung (Soto) school, using its 'go-i' (wu-wei) or 'Five Ranks' teaching to cap his own training methods. As such, it is a distortion of Hakuin's teaching to confine to a kind of 'closed' Rinzai system. The idea would have meant nothing to Hakuin, who drank freely from the resources of the whole Zen tradition. Moreover, he was also open to certain Taoist disciplines (the 'nai-kan'), which he
utilised to restore his energy and strengthen his practice of Zen. Hakuin was, if anything - versatile. His artistic gifts enabled him to reach the people, with a Zen art style entirely his own, at once pithy, profound, humerous, striking images which could convey deep truths.Please, please - don't underestimate this wonderful figure - by trying to confine him to a sectarian box, when the man was so much alive, in the deepest sense possible. 'Itsumadegusa' gives us the 'blood, sweat and tears' of the Zen quest - and the eventual Dharma-joy, brought one man's way - by dint of following the path, the fruits of which he then dedicated to sharing with others - throughout a long life. Hakuin's autobiography is a preciouas document. It may well scare away the faint-hearted. But so be it! Those who feel bidden to tread the same way, will find an echo in it,and be enrichened thereby.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Zen Master Hakuin Zenji strikes again 18. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Norman Waddell has brought this utter gem of a book to the English speaking world about one the greatest Zen Masters of our modern era. Hakuins words are incredibly timely for the Western Sangha that has digressed into formalistic ritualism as opposed to direct seeing. There are only three other books in English out there deicated to Hakuin and each one is a treasure for our time. At a time of massive degredation in the Zen comunity Hakuin attacked hard and succictly at the "ghost sitters" and blank minded people that taught false Zen to others. Many thanks sincerely to Mr Waddell for this book. As having every book ever published in English on Zen, I can say that this holds among the highest ranks as a book for those that claim to be true Zennists or are interested in it. Hakuin slices to shreds those that claim to preach the Dharma and now more than ever this book is of paramount importance to be read by the Zen Sangha. Thank you Norman, more than you know.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful book. 18. November 2004
Von Sleepy Hermit - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What I found most inspiring was that here is a great Zen master that has the same questions, doubts, and ups and downs while travelling the spiritual path that every other person would have, but he has found a way to overcome them and achieve enlightenment. Its gives hope to the ordinary lay people that are going through a similar struggle.

If you're looking for the book that Hakuin found to be so helpful, entitled "Spurring Students Through the Zen Barriers". This appears to be Norman Waddells translation of the Chinese title "Ch'an kuan ts'e chin". J.C. Cleary has translated this important work originally written by Zhuhong into English. It is titled "Meditating With Koans" by J.C. Cleary and is available online from Amazon.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Feeling Uninspired 27. März 2013
Von Ian Dicken - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying that I like Hakuin. He's delightfully grouchy at times which I can relate to, his zeal for Zen practice is undeniable, and he certainly isn't afraid to voice his opinions. I have two other books of his writings - "The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin" and "Zen Words for the Heart", both translated by Norman Waddell.

Usually I wouldn't go anywhere near an autobiography but in the case of Wild Ivy I thought it might be inspiring to read about this towering figure in Zen history in his own words. As other reviewers have noted, the book certainly succeeds in bringing out the human being behind the legend. But in retrospect, I guess I was hoping for less of the human being and more of the enlightened being.

I can think of several reasons why I felt a little let down - here are just a couple.

First, by his own admission, Hakuin was driven to the spiritual life at a very early age by an almost obsessive terror of being reborn in one of the Buddhist hells. This terror continued to haunt him throughout his life. This gives his Zen practice an almost frantic, desperate quality which I found hard to relate to. He seems to glorify a severe kind of Zen which borders at times on self-mortification. He lavishly praises one priest who would deprive himself of sleep by stabbing himself in the thigh with a sharp object. Later he applauds a fellow who strips naked knowing that he will be assaulted by swarms of mosquitos while he meditates. Well, that's one way to practice - but forgive me if I don't rush to sign up.

Second, his constant rants about the evils of Silent Illumination, or "do nothing Zen" as he called it, show how polarized his thinking was. I don't practice Silent Illumination myself, but I understand it to be a very beneficial form of meditation. While I appreciate that Hakuin was trying to prevent what he saw as the downfall of Zen - I would have expected a more balanced point of view from a man who spent his life cultivating wisdom and compassion. It seems that for Hakuin the only right way was his way.

I could go on but I think you get my drift. Wild Ivy is a perfectly good book that many will no doubt enjoy and benefit from - just be aware that Hakuin presents a very one-sided view of Zen practice. If you appreciate his tough-guy kind of Zen, where every time you open your mouth you get hit with a stick, this may be for you. But I guess I'm just a little too far removed from Hakuin's circumstances and opinions to get inspired by his story.
5.0 von 5 Sternen My son writes, "This was a really enjoyable read ... 10. Juli 2014
Von Dolores M. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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My son writes, "This was a really enjoyable read, a number of vibrant qualities here defy verbal praise. This also really clarified one of the more prominent, but subtle, dichotomies of effective practice that has tended to show up as a schismatic split in schools and styles. The action/non-action dilemma, which is at the heart of understanding; that elusive idea of 'grace'."
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