January 19, 2011

Two Zen ancestors: happy birthday

Today is the anniversary of the birth in 1686 of Hakuin, the great Rinzai master and common ancestor of all surviving Japanese Rinzai lineages.

Yesterday marked the anniversary of his death in 1769.

Today also marks the anniversary of the birth of Dogen, transmitter of the Chinese Caodong (Jpn: Soto) lineage to Japan.

A self-portrait of Hakuin, painted not long before his death...

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