Eihei Dogen 12001253 , founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye This is the first book to offer the great masters incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogenand inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions....
|Title||:||The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master|
|Publisher||:||Shambhala April 30, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||871 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master Reviews
1) Having been a practitioner of Theravada Buddhism for a few years,
Kazuaki Tanahashi and his various collaborators have been hard at work for years making Dogen's writings available to English readers in elegant, clear translations sponsored by the San Francisco Zen Center. I'd get my hands on these when they came out and find myself copying little excerpts into a small notebook for use on the trail or traveling from city to city -- no way to stuff all those books into a pack! Now Tanahashi and his co-editor, Peter Levitt, with this lovely selection -- many of them the same as my hand-copied paragraphs and sentences -- have done the work of organizing them all by their central themes. I suppose, given the overlap with my own selections, I'd be biased in saying how well they've chosen. But the truth is, they've done the job well and now I have the book that I've always wanted for tossing into that pack. This is a collection that serves for old Dogen hands wanting to revisit and be reminded on their travels. But it also serves as a wonderful introduction to his lessons for first-timers, maybe most especially those who, as Tanahashi writes in his preface, "contemplate in different spiritual traditions and are interested in expanding and deepening their meditative experience." Even better, Peter Levitt's introductory essay is a genuine dharma talk all its own, beautifully drawing out Dogen's relevance to our own times and perturbations. This is a carefully, artfully chosen selection unhampered by scholarly overkill -- but solidly rooted nonetheless in two lifetimes of Dogen and Zen studies. (For those who need the scholarly tools, the Sources and Translation Credits section at the end will point you to where you need to go.) This might be the book you want to buy before springing for the also just-released masterpiece, the one volume Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo, also published by Shambhala. And for those who already have that, here's the best carry around collection going.
I love Dogen's teachings and this is one of the most clear writings and translations of his thoughts and being. I like the way it is broken up into chapters, "Practical instructions" such as zazen, bowing, each activity is sacred, etc. And History, Gates of Dharma including sections on buddha nature, compassion, trust, women, precepts, and Students and Teachers, Philosophical View, and Expression, such as poetic expression, intimate language, etc. This contains a wonderful introduction and chronology of Dogen's life. Very well broken out, clear print and language. Nice translations the average zen student can relate to.
It's still on my bed and I am unable to really add the stars yet. But I like the quotes that are used.
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The words of Zen Master Dogen translated clearly for New and experienced students. Provides a clear understanding of the tenets of Zen and guidance to those on the Way
Love it. Dogen is awesome. Would recommend it and the audio book is awesome too.
love the cover of this book!