9781590303771

Hakuin on Kensho

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    9781590303771

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    1590303776

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2006-09-12
  • Publisher: Shambhala
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Summary

Kensho is the Zen experience of waking up to one's own true natureof understanding oneself to be not different from the Buddha-nature that pervades all existence. The Japanese Zen Master Hakuin (16891769) considered the experience to be essential. In his autobiography he says: "Anyone who would call himself a member of the Zen family must first achieve kensho-realization of the Buddha's way. If a person who has not achieved kensho says he is a follower of Zen, he is an outrageous fraud. A swindler pure and simple." Hakuin's short text on kensho, "Four Ways of Knowing of an Awakened Person," is a little-known Zen classic. The "four ways" he describes include the way of knowing of the Great Perfect Mirror, the way of knowing equality, the way of knowing by differentiation, and the way of the perfection of action. Rather than simply being methods for "checking" for enlightenment in oneself, these ways ultimately exemplify Zen practice. Albert Low has provided careful, line-by-line commentary for the text that illuminates its profound wisdom and makes it an inspiration for deeper spiritual practice.

Author Biography

Albert Low holds degrees in philosophy and psychology, and was for many years a management consultant, lecturing widely on organizational dynamics. He studied Zen under Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen, receiving transmission as a teacher in 1986. He is currently director and guiding teacher of the Montreal Zen Centre. He is the author of several books, including Zen and Creative Management and The Iron Cow of Zen.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(16)
Hakuin and the Importance of Awakening
1(2)
On Koan Study
3(1)
Hakuin's Practice
4(2)
Hakuin's Awakenings
6(2)
Hakuin and Zen Master Shoju
8(3)
Hakuin's Writings
11(1)
On the Diversity of the Spiritual Life
12(5)
Introduction to the Text 17(12)
Knowing, Knowledge, and Wisdom
17(2)
Knowing and the Practice of Zen
19(2)
The Jug and the Clay
21(1)
The Origin of the Idea of Four Ways of Knowing
22(2)
The Four Ways of Knowing as Four Ways of Asking, "Who Am I?"
24(1)
Lay Practice
25(3)
Note on the Layout of This Book
28(1)
The Four Ways of Knowing of an Enlightened Person: Hakuin's Text 29(12)
The Way of Knowing of the Great Perfect Mirror
29(1)
The Way of Knowing Equality
30(1)
The Way of Knowing by Differentiation
30(1)
The Way of Perfection of Action
30(1)
Great Faith, Great Doubt
31(1)
The Gate of Inspiration
32(1)
The Gate of Practice
33(2)
The Gate of Awakening
35(2)
The Gate of Nirvana
37(4)
Commentary on The Four Ways of Knowing of an Enlightened Person 41(80)
Are the Three Bodies Inherent?
41(8)
Great Perfect Mirror Knowing
49(9)
Knowing Equality
58(4)
Knowing by Differentiation
62(1)
The Way of Perfection of Action
63(2)
The Importance of Continuing Practice after Awakening
65(16)
The Gate of Inspiration
81(10)
The Gate of Practice
91(12)
The Gate of Awakening
103(11)
The Gate of Nirvana
114(7)
Notes 121(4)
Index 125

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