What Is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?

Hakuin Ekaku transformed fear into realizing that compassion for others is life's purpose. To awaken to this truth, Hakuin faced doubt in his mind, meditating on conundrums. He created one of the greatest of all: "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" Hakuin, who lived near Japan's Mount Fuji in the eighteenth century, advocated discipline and living a virtuous life.

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  • Category: Essay » Sociology
  • Words: 760
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781370484089
About Richard Diedrichs

Richard Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught Fourth and Fifth grades and Kindergarten in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives on Hawaii Island.

Richard remembers writing a story in sixth grade about a ghost in his bedroom closet. He majored in English literature and journalism in college. He studied fiction writing with novelist Wallace Graves and currently works with fiction writer and esteemed instructor Joe Evanisko. He has published short stories, novellas, novels, non-fiction, and a book on Buddhism for children.

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