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By Dōgen, 1200-1253; Kim, Hee-Jin; Leighton, Taigen Daniel; Dōgen, 1200-1253

Eihei Dogen, the founding father of the japanese department of the Soto Zen Buddhist institution, is taken into account one of many world's so much amazing non secular philosophers. Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist is a accomplished advent to the genius of this fantastic philosopher. This thirteenth-century determine has a lot to educate us all and the questions that drove him have consistently been on the middle of Buddhist practice.

At the age of 7, in 1207, Dogen misplaced his mom, who at her loss of life earnestly requested him to develop into a monastic to hunt the reality of Buddhism. we're informed that during the midst of profound grief, Dogen skilled the impermanence of all issues as he watched the incense smoke ascending at his mother's funeral carrier. This left an indelible impact upon the younger Dogen; later, he may emphasize again and again the intimate dating among the will for enlightenment and the notice of impermanence. His lifestyle wouldn't be a sentimental flight from, yet a compassionate knowing of, the insupportable fact of existence.

At age thirteen, Dogen obtained ordination at Mt. Hiei. And but, a question arose: "As I learn either the exoteric and the esoteric faculties of Buddhism, they retain that people are endowed with Dharma-nature via start. if that is so, why did the buddhas of every age - surely in ownership of enlightenment - locate it essential to search enlightenment and have interaction in religious practice?" while it grew to become transparent that nobody on Mt. Hiei may possibly provide a passable resolution to this non secular challenge, he sought in other places, ultimately making the treacherous trip to China. This used to be the genuine starting of a lifetime of relentless wondering, perform, and educating - an immensely inspiring contribution to the Buddhadharma.

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Of solid waste. org. This paper is also FSC certified. org. To those friends who helped me understand Dōgen CONTENTS Foreword to the Wisdom Edition by Taigen Dan Leighton Preface to the Wisdom Edition Foreword to the Previous Edition by Robert Aitken Preface to the First Edition 1 TOWARD A TOTAL UNDERSTANDING OF ZEN 2 DŌGEN’S LIFE The Historical and Social Background of Early Kamakura Japan Early Childhood: Initiation into Impermanence Apprenticeship in Buddhism Transmission and Transformation of the Way in Japan 3 ACTIVITY, EXPRESSION, AND UNDERSTANDING The Rightly Transmitted Buddha-Dharma Zazen-Only: The Prototype of Ultimate Meaninglessness Creative Activities Creative Expressions The Actional Understanding 4 THE RELIGION AND METAPHYSICS OF BUDDHA-NATURE Two Strands of Mahāyāna Idealism Mind: Beyond Monistic Pantheism and Reductionistic Phenomenalism Buddha-Nature Existence and Time Religious Life and Buddha-Nature 5 MONASTIC ASCETICISM: THE WAY OF RITUAL AND MORALITY Background of Zen Monasticism Purity and Purification Nature: The Mountains and Waters The Bodhisattva Ideal The Problem of Good and Evil Monastic Education APPENDICES A Chronology of Dōgen’s Life B Major Works by Dōgen C Names of the Ninety-two Chapters of the Shōbōgenzō Notes Works Consulted Index About the Author FOREWORD TO THE WISDOM EDITION BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON HEE-JIN KIM’S LANDMARK BOOK Eihei Dōgen: Mystical Realist (formerly titled Dōgen Kigen: Mystical Realist) is a valuable, highly insightful commentary on the work of the thirteenth-century founder of the Sōtō branch of Japanese Zen.

ISBN 0-86171-376-1 1. Dōgen, 1200-1253. 2. Sōtōshū—Doctrines. I. Leighton, Taigen Daniel. II. Title. 3'927'092—dc22 2003021350 14 13 12 11 10 5 4 3 2 Cover design by Rick Snizik. Interior design by Gopa & Ted2, Inc. 5. net Wisdom Publications’ books are printed on acid-free paper and meet the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. Printed in the United States of America. This book was produced with environmental mindfulness.

He has trained in Japan as well as America, and is the author of Faces of Compassion, and translator of numerous works by Dōgen, including Dōgen’s Pure Standards for the Zen Community, The Wholehearted Way, Dōgen’s Extensive Record, and Enlightenment Unfolds. He teaches at the Graduate Theological Union, and leads the Mountain Source Sangha meditation groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. PREFACE TO THE WISDOM EDITION THE PRESENT WORK was originally published in 1975 under the title Dōgen Kigen—Mystical Realist by the University of Arizona Press, as Monograph No.

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