on 18 March 1999
Norman Waddell has brought this utter gem of a book to the English speaking world about one the greatest Zen Masters of our modern era. Hakuins words are incredibly timely for the Western Sangha that has digressed into formalistic ritualism as opposed to direct seeing. There are only three other books in English out there deicated to Hakuin and each one is a treasure for our time. At a time of massive degredation in the Zen comunity Hakuin attacked hard and succictly at the "ghost sitters" and blank minded people that taught false Zen to others. Many thanks sincerely to Mr Waddell for this book. As having every book ever published in English on Zen, I can say that this holds among the highest ranks as a book for those that claim to be true Zennists or are interested in it. Hakuin slices to shreds those that claim to preach the Dharma and now more than ever this book is of paramount importance to be read by the Zen Sangha. Thank you Norman, more than you know.