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Buddhadharma : Winter 2010
Daruma Meditating Ekaku Hakuin (1685–1768) Ink on paper, 491⁄2 x 211⁄2 inches (126 x 55 centimeters) Chikusei Collection CHIKUSEICOLLECTION have done for nine straight years in front of a wall at the Shao-lin temple. As befits a for- eigner in East Asia, his eyes are wide and he is hirsute and balding. Within the simplified composition, the depth of his spirit is conveyed by broad strokes and different depths of ink, darkest in the pupils of his eyes. Above all, he radiates intensity that echoes Hakuin’s inscrip- tion above Daruma’s head: “Pointing directly to the human heart–mind, see your own nature and become Buddha.” This saying, attributed to Daruma himself, is the summation of Zen teaching: every being has buddhanature, but it is covered over with habits, desires, and delusions. Through deep meditation, one may find the buddha within, and so this portrait becomes not only Daruma but meditation itself, as expressed by a major Zen master. This image of Daruma is included in a touring exhibition of Hakuin’s art, and the recently released book, The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin (Shambhala Publications). The exhibition, also titled “The Sound of One Hand,” is at the Japan Society in New York until January 16, at the New Orleans Museum of Art from February 12 to April 17, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from May 22 to August 17.