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Moon in a Dewdrop : Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
by Zen Master Dogen, Kazuaki Tanahashi (Editor), Eihei Dogen

Enlightenment Unfolds : The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Dogen

Enlightenment Unfolds : The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Dogen
by Kazuaki Tanahashi (Editor)

Dogen  1200 - 1253 

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Rational Zen: The Mind of Dogen Zenji
Beyond Sanity and Madness : The Way of Zen Master Dogen Beyond Sanity and Madness : The Way of Zen Master Dogen (Tuttle Library of Enlightenment) by Dennis Genpo Merzel

I have quite a collection of books about Buddhist teachings and the teachers, mostly from the Theravada traditions. Until I read this one, Dogen and Zen was very much a mystery to me. Next to "The Three Pillars of Zen" by Kaplan Roshi, it has provided insight where I had none before.

I am fortunate enough to live in the very same city as the author Genpo Roshi, abbot of the Kanzeon center, and it did play a role in my electing to visit the center. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand the writings of Dogen, and to learn a bit more about Zen. --  Roy M. Schoenherr from Salt Lake City, USA

Great book I love it. This a vivid living stream of teachings: How to find ZEN in the West, not to make a dumb copy of Japanese ZEN but embrace what we meet here and now... This book helps me a lot in my daily life and my business work. -- Anonymous Review

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The Standpoint of Dogen and his Ideas on Time

This is chapter 4 of the book, Soto Approach to Zen.


Dogen, in the GenjoKoan fascicle of his masterwork Shobogenzo (The Eye and Treasury of the True Law), makes this statement: "To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to be free from attachment to the body and mind of one's self and of others." This implies wiping out even one's attachment to Satori. Detaching ourselves from Satori, we must enter the day-to-day world. This sums up the essential character of religion. If we question the experience of the self, we become confused about where the self should be. If we become anxious about the experience of the self, we start knocking at the door of religion. Penetrating to the deepest true of the self, religion tries to transcend the ego and release the true self. But we have to seek the self by denying the self. Conduct based on self-desire and self-attachment is evil. In every religion the emphasis falls on denying the self. When we deepen our faith, we touch non-ego-a state free from the ego's dualistic thinking. Buddhism, setting up the principle that all things have no ego-sub stance, especially stresses the realization of no- ego. But the more deeply man reflects on the status of the self, the more he has to seek the absolute ground beyond the self. Belief springs not only from man's subjective demand, but also from his response to the beckoning of the absolute. It comes from the absolute and depends on the call of God. But this God is not only the object but also the ground of the object; He is not only the subject but also the ground of the subject.  

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Biography of Dogen

Lecture from Zazen Retreat.


Master Dogen was born in Japan in the year 1200 and died in 1253. At the time Master Dogen was born, Japanese society was in an extremely unsettled period. This was because the warrior classes had just obtained political power to govern Japan from the emperor's government. Before that time, Japanese people believed that Japan should be governed only by the imperial family. But in 1192, the head of the warrior classes, Yoritomo Minamoto, obtained complete power to govern Japan. Consequently, Japanese society at that time was very confused, and it was in this period that Master Dogen was born.


Zen in Daily life
Zen teacher Dogen & the Soto Approach to Zen

From Prof. Masunaga book Soto Approach to Zen, the chapter: The place of Dogen, pages 203-214


It was Dogen (1200-1253) who first brought Soto Zen to Japan. Keizan (1268-1325) made possible the popularization of Soto Zen, thereby laying the foundation for the large religious organization, which it is today. Dogen, born in a noble family, quickly learned the meaning of the Buddhist word "mujo" (impermanence). While still young, he lost both his parents. He decided then to become a Buddhist priest and search for truth. He went first to Mt. Hiei, the headquarters of the sect.


Dogen Zenji's Genjo-koan Lecture

By Shohaku Okumura


Genjo-koan is one of the most well-known chapters of Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo. This is the best text to start to study Dogen's teachings. Genjo-koan is really important is one wants to understand the meaning of zazen practice and daily activities as bodhisattva practice. As a practitioner, intellectual understanding alone is not enough. That's why Dogen wrote many instructions about how to practice daily. In order to show how to sit Zazen he wrote Fukanzazengi, (Universal Recommendation of Zazen), in order to show how to eat in the Zendo he wrote Fushukuhanpo (Dharma for taking meals), and to show how to work in the kitchen he wrote Tenzo Kyokun (Instruction for the Tenzo or cook in a Monastery). There are many such very concrete instructions about how we have to behave, how we have to work, and what kind of attitude we should maintain toward our own lives. Not simply for practice in a monastery, but even for us modern people, his teachings are relevant. There are many concrete ways of practice he taught his students, and the basic philosophy is expressed in Shobogenzo. And Genjo-koan is the first chapter of Shobogenzo. The basic philosophy of our day to day lives as practice in bodhisattva way is very precisely and also concentratedly written in this short writing, Genjo-koan.


Bendowa -- Soto  Approach to Zen

Excerpt from the book "Soto Approach to Zen" focuses on Dogen's "Bendowa," a classic text on how to perfect the Buddhist way through zazen.


Dogen wrote Bendowa shortly after his return from China. At that time he was 32 years old and living quietly in Fukakusa, a suburb of Kyoto. Shortly before that he wrote Fukanzazengi, while staying at Kennin temple in Kyoto. In this work, he clarified the meaning of truly transmitted zazen. Bendowa attempted to express and propagate the great aspirations and profound beliefs of Buddhism on the basis of zazen in the religious world of those days. The Zen style and basic spirit of Dogen permeated this work. Bend6wa can be considered a general introduction and summary to the 95 fascicles of the Shobogenzo. Other fascicles could well be called elaboration of Bendowa. Those who wish to study the Shobogenzo must delve deeply into this work in a narrow sense Bendo means zazen; in a broader sense it means training.


The Zen philosopher: A review article on Dogen scholarship in English

By T. P. Kasulis, Philosophy East and West, Volume 28, no. 3, July 1978 (c) by University Press of Hawaii


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