Hakuin Ekaku 白隠慧鶴 and the Oracle of Bodhicitta

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  • Yanagi Mikiyasu
    花園大学国際禅学研究所副所長・准教授,博士(文学)

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  • 白隠慧鶴と菩提心の判
  • ハクインケイズル ト ボダイシン ノ ハン

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<p>This article makes the following three points through an analysis of the figure of Hakuin Ekaku 白隠慧鶴 (1686–1769) and the oracle of bodhicitta.</p><p>(1) Hakuin created the oracle of bodhicitta by combining several descriptions from the Shasekishū 沙石集 (Collection of Sand and Pebbles) with his own memories and understanding to fill in the details.</p><p>(2) This oracle of bodhicitta allowed Hakuin to attain complete awakening and to realize the importance of saving people by expounding the dharma.</p><p>(3) Yet because Hakuin’s disciples did not record this incident in the chronicle of Hakuin’s life which they compiled, this oracle of bodhicitta has not received much attention.</p>

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