Hakuin Ekaku (c. 16851768), who is famous for the koan "what is the sound of one hand?" used his expressive and spontaneous art as a teaching first and foremost. His work is beautiful, but also whimsical, and even sometimes funny enough to cause viewers to laugh out loud. Those unschooled in Zen art fall in love with it just as much as the true afficionados do. This beautifully produced, large-format book brings together more than one hundred of Hakuinrs"s greatest works, from Japanese national treasures such as "Blind Men Crossing Bridge" to incidental pieces brushed in moments of inspiration and given as gifts to his students.
Stephen Addiss, PhD, is Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities: Art at the University of Richmond, Virginia, as well as a world-renowned calligrapher. He is a leading authority on Japanese art and the author of more than thirty-five books.