Hakuin

May 05, 11

I first discovered Hakuin in the late 1980’s at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA.

The power, simplicity, iconography and “rumination factor” attached to these amazing brush strokes were hard to resist.

An image makes a new friend.

This one, among several, burned quickly in my mind, and I found myself thinking for days about it, and coming back again over the years.

You can find yourself reading philosophy for decades, trying to sort through it all like a big messy box of keys, and then you see something that sets the meter true again inside of 45 line strokes.

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