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The Sound of One Hand: Reaching Beyond the limits of Traditional Ink Painting

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hakuin-N.Y. gets 'one hand clapping' Zen debut!

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N.Y. gets 'one hand clapping' Zen debut!

The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The publication of J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" introduced a new generation of Americans to a Zen Buddhist koan roughly translated as, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
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This koan, which is an aid to meditation that cannot be solved by logical thinking, can be traced back to the 18th century Zen master Hakuin Ekaku.
Hakuin, who was also a brilliant and prolific painter, is virtually unknown to American audiences. Now, in the hopes of remedying that situation, the Japan Society in New York is staging the first retrospective of Hakuin's work in the United States.
Read full article in The Japan Times

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