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The Hakuin Study Group

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Situation Present study
Details This group has been researching the written works of Hakuin Ekaku, renowned as the reviver of the Japanese Rinzai School. Research has focused on two broad categories of writings.
 
Dharma writings in Japanese (kana hōgo)
Among Hakuin’s voluminous writings, many consist of Dharma essays in the form of long missives to warriors and ordinary citizens. Among the works we have researched are Hebi ichigo 邊鄙以知吾, Kabe zoshō 壁訴訟, Oni azami 於仁安佐美, Itsumade gusa 壁生草, Yasen kanna 夜船閑話, Yae mugura 八重葎, Sashi mogusa さし藻草, Mikaimori 御垣守, Orategama 遠羅天釜, Kana mugura 假名葎, Kana innen hōgo 假名因縁法語, Nuno tsuzumi 布皷, Sekishu onjō 隻手音聲, Sankyō ikkyō no ben 三教一致之辯, Hōkyōkutsu no ki 宝鏡窟之記, Tosen shikō 兎專使稿, Kohiki uta 粉引歌, Zazen wasan 坐禅和讚, Chobokure ちょぼくれ, and Ihara Heishirō monogatari 庵原平四郎物語.
         Research on this category of Hakuin’s writings was completed in 1999 and published as a series entitled Hakuin Zenji hōgo zenshū 白隠禅師法語全集 (Complete [Japanese] Dharma Writings of Zen Master Hakuin), 14 volumes plus general index.
 
Writings in kanbun
Our research has focused on the Kaiankokugo 槐安国語 and Keisō dokuzui 荊叢毒蘂, the two principal kanbun works of Hakuin.
         The results of the research on the Kaiankokugo were published in 2003 as a two-volume set entitled Kaiankokugo, with Japanese readings, notes, facsimile, and index.
         Basic research on the Keisō dokuzui was completed in 2010; work on annotation and the modern Japanese translation continued in 2011. The work will be published soon as a two-volume set.
Name of group
leader and members
Group leader: Yoshizawa Katsuhiro 芳澤勝弘
Group members: Dōmae Jimyō 道前慈明; Kamino Yasuyuki 神野恭行; Nishimura Egaku 西村惠学

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