Did Dogen Go to China?: What He Wrote and When He Wrote It

By Steven Heine

D?gen (1200-1253), the founding father of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is mainly identified for introducing to eastern Buddhism the various texts and practices that he stumbled on in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China through a severe examine conventional resources either via and approximately D?gen in gentle of modern jap scholarship. whereas many reviews emphasize the original gains of D?gen's jap affects, this e-book calls consciousness to the best way chinese language and jap parts have been fused in D?gen's non secular imaginative and prescient. It unearths many new fabrics and insights into Dogen's major writings, together with the a number of variants of the Sh?b?genz?, and the way and while this seminal textual content used to be created via D?gen and was once edited and interpreted through his disciples. This booklet is the fruits of the author's thirty years of study on D?gen and offers the reader with a finished method of the master's lifestyles works and an knowing of the final profession trajectory of 1 of crucial figures within the background of Buddhism and Asian spiritual thought.

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How did Do¯gen come to illustrate virtuosity with ko¯an observation, and what have been the stairs that led during this path? Stepping again to view the mid-1230s, we discover that the Sho¯bo¯genzo¯ zuimonki has a combined message at the use of ko¯ans with regards to different facets of Zen perform. at the one hand, there are numerous fashionable passages that criticize ko¯ans, comparable to no. 2. thirteen, which keeps they seem to be a distraction, and no. 6. 27, which insists that zazen is the single actual direction while ko¯ans make enlightenment extra far away.

A b This web page deliberately left clean 1 “A Dharma-Transmitter Who Traveled to Sung China” From Sung Ch’an to Kamakura Zen This booklet offers a accomplished exam of the various writings of Do¯gen (1200–1253), the founding father of So¯to¯ (C. Ts’ao-tung) Zen Buddhism in Japan. (These writings are defined in desk 1. ) It clarifies how and while the works have been composed and compiled when it comes to important components of his total occupation, specifically his travels and intricate institutions with China and chinese language Ch’an Buddhism.

B. sect and inter-sect. while Eiheiji has been a head temple of the japanese So¯ to¯ sect on the grounds that its inception and carrying on with with none mild variance ever considering that, the location is kind of diverse in terms of Mount T’ien-t’ung. The chinese language temple, which had a 700-year background prior to turning into affiliated with the Ch’an university within the first decade of the 11th century, veered backward and forward from Lin-chi and Ts’ao-tung connections looking on who used to be appointed abbot via the professionals liable for non secular management.

Nyojo¯), a Ts’aotung monk who served as abbot at Mount T’ien-t’ung for 2 years starting in 1225, now not as could be anticipated almost immediately after returning to Japan, even supposing there are a number of exceptions. For the main half, there has been an important hold up ahead of Do¯gen started to characteristic citations and feedback approximately Ju-ching in the course of “a dharma-transmitter who traveled to sung china” 7 next sessions of his profession, quite at the most important junctures while he used to be present process demanding situations and suffering to steer fans or contest with opponents.

The divisions among early and overdue Do¯gen they espouse organize a fake dichotomy with an implied or particular judgment, permitting their description of historical past to be contaminated with an ideological bias. rather than supplying an goal historic research, the theories interject an overview cloaked as historiography. A easy problem within the ways of Kim and Kodera is an inclination to isolate a particular compilation or ancient part with out totally making an allowance for the general context, gone fishin’ eighty three together with different texts and existence occasions.

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