Dogen's use of Rujing's 'just sit' (shikan taza) and other Koans T. Griffith Foulk -- 'Raihaitokuzui' and Dogen's views of gender and women : a reconsideration Miriam Levering -- Dogen, a medieval Japanese monk well-versed in Chinese poetry : what he did and did not compose Steven Heine -- Negotiating the divide of death in Japanese Buddhism : Dogen's difference John C. Maraldo -- 'When all dharmas are the Buddha-dharma' : Dogen as comparative philosopher Gereon Kopf -- Keizan's Denkoroku : a textual and contextual overview William M. Bodiford -- Are Soto Zen precepts for ethical guidance or ceremonial transformation? Menzan's attempted reforms and contemporary practices David Riggs -- Vocalizing the remembrance of Dogen : a study of the Shinpen hoon koshiki Michaela Mross -- Interpreting the material heritage of the 'elephant trunk robe' in Soto zen Diane Riggs -- Embodying Soto Zen : institutional identity and ideal body-image at Daihonzan Eiheiji Pamela D. Winfield.
The Shobogenzo Zuimonki consists largely of brief talks, hortatory remarks, and instructional and cautionary comments by the Soto Zen Master Dogen. Translated, shobogenzo means 'the eye of the true law.' Roughly translated zuimonki means 'easy for the ears to understand, ' or 'simplified.'
Tao of Dogen: Abstracted Zen Lessons from the Father of Sōtō Zen Buddhist School Dogen Zenji, the famous Japanese Buddhist philosopher is the most revered as the founder of Soto school of Zen in Japan. Ordained in Tendai school, he was attracted towards Zen practices and mastered the Chinese Caodong. Back in Japan, he promoted Zazen practices and established the monastery Eihei-ji which have become the pivotal temple of Soto school today. Dogen authored many instructive works on Zen practices, of which the most important ones are ‘Shobogenzo’ and the first written Zen Monastic code in Japan ‘Eihei Shingi’. This book, ‘Tao of Dogen : Abstracted Zen Lessons from the Father of Sōtō Zen Buddhist School’, have the most valuable words from this great personality on various topics. Let’s delve into his precious words….
Engaging Dogen's Zen is a practice oriented study of Shushogi (a canonical distillation of Dogen's thought used as a primer in the Soto School of Zen) and Fukanzazengi (Dogen's essential text on the practice of "just sitting," a text recited daily in the Soto School of Zen). It is also a study of the entire self. Here, the principles of Soto Zen practice are unpacked and explained by leading contemporary Buddhists from the living tradition--monks, priests, academics, and community teachers. Tackling Dogen's approach to key issues, such as the preeminence of shikantaza, universal buddha nature, and what it means to be a Mahayana Buddhist, the contributors to the volume help Zen practitioners and any who are trying to deepen their lives to appreciate better the teachings of Soto Zen and make these teachings part of their lives. By revisiting what remains precious in Shushogi and Fukanzazengi, we let them breathe just as we learn to breathe in zazen. We find that Soto practice not only engages Dogen and Sakyamuni, but all of our sisters and brothers, and indeed the great earth itself. Includes essays from Kosho Itagaki, Taigen Dan Leighton, Tenshin Charles Fletcher, Shudo Brian Schroeder, Glen A. Mazis, David Loy, Drew Leder, Steven DeCaroli, Steve Bein, John Maraldo, Michael Schwartz, Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth, Leah Kalmanson, Erin Jien McCarthy, Dainen David Putney, Steven Heine, Graham Parkes, Mark Unno, Shudo Brian Schroeder, and Kanpu Bret W. Davis.
This volume is a follow-up to the collection published in 2012 by Oxford University Press, 'Dogen: Textual and Historical Studies'. It features some of the same outstanding authors as well as new expert contributors exploring diverse aspects of the life and teachings of Zen master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Soto Zen sect (or Sotoshu) in early Kamakura-era Japan.
Dogen and Soto Zen builds upon and further refines a continuing wave of enthusiastic popular interest and scholarly developments in Western appropriations of Zen. In the last few decades, research in English and European languages on Dogen and Soto Zen has grown, aided by an increasing awareness on both sides of the Pacific of the important influence of the religious movement and its founder. The school has flourished throughout the medieval and early modern periods of Japanese history, and it is still spreading and reshaping itself in the current age of globalization. This volume continues the work of Steven Heine's recently published collection, Dogen: Textual and Historical Studies, featuring some of the same outstanding authors as well as some new experts who explore diverse aspects of the life and teachings of Zen master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Soto Zen sect (or Sotoshu) in early Kamakura-era Japan. The contributors examine the ritual and institutional history of the Soto school, including the role of the Eiheji monastery established by Dogen as well as rites and precepts performed there and at other temples.
Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen master who founded the Japanese Soto School of Zen, is renowned as one of the world's most remarkable religious thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen utterly transforms the language of Zen, using it in novel and extraordinarily beautiful ways to point to everything important in the religious life. He is known for two major works. The first work, the massive Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye), represents his early teachings and exists in myriad English translations; the second work, the Eihei Koroku, is a collection of all his later teachings, including short formal discourses to the monks training at his temple, longer informal talks, and koans with his commentaries, as well as short appreciatory verses on various topics. The Shobogenzo has received enormous attention in Western Zen and Western Zen literature, and with the publication of this watershed volume, the Eihei Koroku will surely rise to commensurate stature. Dogen's Extensive Record is the first-ever complete and scholarly translation of this monumental work into English and this edition is the first time it has been available in paperback. This edition contains extensive and detailed research and annotation by scholars, translators and Zen teachers Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, as well as forewords by the eighteenth-century poet-monk Ryokan and Tenshin Reb Anderson, former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center - plus introductory essays from Dogen scholar Steven Heine, and the prominent, late American Zen master John Daido Loori.
Dogen's great spiritual teachings are the foundation of Soto Zen. For the first time, contemporary American women Zen masters in the Soto tradition, join together to reach within Dogen's mind to make his masterpieces accessible and practical for those seeking deeper realization and understanding.
Get to know real Caodong/Soto Masters like Dongshan and Wansong.Learn how churches calling themselves "Soto Zen" are really Dogen Buddhists, followers of a messianic guru called Dogen, with no historical or doctrinal connection to Caodong and Soto Zen. Learn how Dogen invented Zazen prayer-meditation and "practice-enlightenment" and lied about it.Learn how Dogen lied about what Rujing and Bodidharma teach.Learn how real Caodong and Soto Zen is about sudden and permanent enlightenment - no meditation required.