Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768)
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Hakuin Ekaku - Self-Portrait
The inscription above is:
Within the Meditation Hall
I am hated by the thousand Buddhas.
In the company of myriad demons
I am despised by the myriad demons.
I crush those who practice false Zen.
And annihilated those blind monks
who can't penetrate Mu.
The evil worn-out shavepate
Adds more layer of ugliness to ugliness.
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P.S. Dear copyright owner of the picture, please contact me, if you don't want to see your picture above in this context! Your picture will of course be instantly removed! Thank you. S.K.G. The picture is taken from the dustcloth of the book: Heinrich Doumoulin, Die Geschichte des Zen-Buddhismus Band 2: Japan. Francke 1986. The Painting is taken from the beautiful volume: The Sound of one Hand. Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin. Audrey Yoshiko Seo u. Stephen Adiss. Shambala Boston u. London 2010.