Sound of One Hand

Hakuin Ekaku, 1685-1768, Large Daruma. Ink on paper, 49.6 x 21.7 in. Chikusei Collection.

Daruma. Ink on paper, 49.6 x 21.7 in. Hakuin Ekaku, Chikusei Collection.

The Sound of One Hand:
Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin

Widely acknowledged as the leading Zen master of the last five centuries, Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) was also the most significant Zen artist of his time. He not only expressed the mind and heart of Zen for monks and lay followers (it was he who first asked “What is the sound of one hand?”) but also reached out to the entire population with his painting and calligraphy. For this first exhibition in the West devoted to Hakuin, 78 of his scrolls will be gathered from collections in the United States and Japan. Organized in collaboration with New Orleans Museum of Art, and curated by Audrey Yoshiko Seo and Professor Stephen Addiss.

Hakuin Ekaku, 1685-1768, Ox and Window. Ink on paper, 17.3 x 23.4 in. Ginshu Collection. Photo: Maggie Nimkin.

Ox and Window. Ink on paper, 17.3 x 23.4 in. Hakuin Ekaku, Ginshu Collection. Photo: Maggie Nimkin.

Hakuin Ekaku, 1685-1768, Death. Ink on paper, 13 x 19.9 in. Man’yo-an Collection.

Hakuin Ekaku, 1685-1768, Death. Ink on paper, 13 x 19.9 in. Man’yo-an Collection.

Shaka. Ink on paper, 52.6 x 23.5 in. Shinwa-an Collection.

Shakamuni. Ink on paper, 52.6 x 23.5 in. Hakuin Ekaku, Shinwa-an Collection.

Hakuin Ekaku, 1685-1768, Monju. Ink on paper, 32 x 10.6 in. Chikusei Collection.

Monju. Ink on paper, 32 x 10.6 in. Hakuin Ekaku, Chikusei Collection.

Just a few of the fantastic paintings and calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin at the The Sound of One Hand Gallery,  Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017.  October 1, 2010–January 16, 2011

The Sound of One Hand Gallery

Hakuin Ekaku, 1685-1768, Two Blind Men on a Bridge. Ink on paper, 11 x 33 in. Man’yo-an Collection.

Two Blind Men on a Bridge. Ink on paper, 11 x 33 in. Hakuin Ekaku, Man’yo-an Collection.




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