Friday, April 23, 2010

Regarding Hakuin's Precious Mirror Cave

I still haven't gotten entirely through the book, but I will say that at the very least:

  • It's useful to read books like this because you can see how very much of what's taught today goes "way back."  Hakuin's influence on Zen cannot be over-emphasized, unless, I guess, you're one of those "Soto-only" folks, in which case, you don't know what you're missing.
  • It's also useful to read this because even though some material seems like a repetition of earlier works (much of Chapter 1 is covered in Wild Ivy), the repetition is useful in itself.
I'll have more to say later.

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