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Beating the Cloth Drum

Paperback $17.95

Mar 20, 2012 | 256 Pages

Ebook $16.99

Mar 20, 2012 | 256 Pages

  • Paperback $17.95

    Mar 20, 2012 | 256 Pages

  • Ebook $16.99

    Mar 20, 2012 | 256 Pages

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“From Norman Waddell, the tireless translator of Hakuin, a new book: Beating the Cloth Drum. Containing letters, some of them only recently discovered, written by Hakuin to his disciples, both monks and lay believers, it covers topics ranging from the nature of enlightenment to the cost of getting a book printed in eighteenth-century Japan. A must-read for anyone interested in the life and teachings of this Master of Zen!”—Burton Watson, translator of The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry

“Norman Waddell is far and away the finest translator of Hakuin’s writings, bringing to life many facets of the great Zen Master’s work. Amazingly, this is the first book in any language to gather together his letters. Supported here by thorough and helpful commentaries, they fully demonstrate the generosity of Hakuin’s spirit, the breadth of his knowledge, and the compassionate rigor of his teachings.”—Stephen Addiss, author of 77 Dances and The Art of Zen

“Exuberant collection. . . . Writing so vivid it takes the breath away. [Zen Master Hakuin’s letters] throw open windows onto his personality: his penchant for playful hyperbole and subterfuge, his humor, his aspirations for his students, and his relentless pursuit of a Dharma heir.  With Waddell’s illuminating commentary, they fan a Zen breeze, bringing the spectrum of Hakuin’s life and the intensity of his dedication before us.”—Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner’s Journal

“Hakuin’s letters . . . give modern readers a glimpse into the compassionate activity exhibited by this formidable Zen master.”—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly

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