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

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

by Steven Heine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195305701

ISBN-13: 9780195305708

Pub. Date: 05/25/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press


D?gen (1200-1253), the founder of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is especially known for introducing to Japanese Buddhism many of the texts and practices that he discovered in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China by means of a critical look at traditional sources both by and about D?gen in light of recent Japanese…  See more details below

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D?gen (1200-1253), the founder of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is especially known for introducing to Japanese Buddhism many of the texts and practices that he discovered in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China by means of a critical look at traditional sources both by and about D?gen in light of recent Japanese scholarship. While many studies emphasize the unique features of D?gen's Japanese influences, this book calls attention to the way Chinese and Japanese elements were fused in D?gen's religious vision. It reveals many new materials and insights into Dogen's main writings, including the multiple editions of the Sh?b?genz?, and how and when this seminal text was created by D?gen and was edited and interpreted by his disciples. This book is the culmination of the author's thirty years of research on D?gen and provides the reader with a comprehensive approach to the master's life works and an understanding of the overall career trajectory of one of the most important figures in the history of Buddhism and Asian religious thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195305708
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/25/2006
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. A Fisherman's Dream
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
PART I. Historical and Methodological Issues
1. "A Dharma-Transmitter Who Traveled to Sung China".
2. Gone Fishin': Sources and Re-sources.
PART 2. Theory and Periodization
3. The Early Period: Dogen Went to China.
4. The Middle Period, Part I: The Kyoto Cycle.
5. The Middle Period, Part II: The Echizen Cycle.
6. The Late Period: Outpost Administrator or Brilliant Innovator?.
Appendix
Bibliography

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