Dogen and the Koan Tradition: A Tale of Two Shobogenzo Texts

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This book has three major goals in critically examining the historical and philosophical relation between the writings of Dogen and the Zen koan tradition. First, it introduces and evaluates recent Japanese scholarship concerning Dogen's two Shobogenzo texts, the Japanese (Kana) collection of ninety-two fascicles on Buddhist topics and the Chinese (Mana) collection of three hundred koan cases also known as the Shobogenzo Sanbyakusoku. Second, it develops a new methodology for clarifying the development of the ...
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This book has three major goals in critically examining the historical and philosophical relation between the writings of Dogen and the Zen koan tradition. First, it introduces and evaluates recent Japanese scholarship concerning Dogen's two Shobogenzo texts, the Japanese (Kana) collection of ninety-two fascicles on Buddhist topics and the Chinese (Mana) collection of three hundred koan cases also known as the Shobogenzo Sanbyakusoku. Second, it develops a new methodology for clarifying the development of the koan tradition and the relation between intellectual history and multifarious interpretations of koan cases based on postmodern literary criticism. Third, the book's emphasis on a literary critical methodology challenges the conventional reading of koans stressing the role of psychological impasse culminating in silence.
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Steven Heine
Steven Heine is professor of religious studies and history and director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University. Heine's research specializes in the life and thought of Zen master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Soto sect in Japan, and he has published twenty books and dozens of articles on Japanese culture. His publications include Did Dogen Go to China? (Oxford, 2006), The Zen Poetry of Dogen (Tuttle, 1997), Dogen and the Koan Tradition (SUNY, 1993), Shifting Shape, Shaping Text (Hawaii, 2000), and White Collar Zen (Oxford, 2005), which has been reviewed in USA Today, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Working Knowledge, and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Preface
Chinese and Japanese Eras
Abbreviations
1 Text and Untext: On the Significance of Koans 3
Introduction to the Two Texts 3
Postmodernism and Zen Discourse 14
Satori Dialogues in Relation to Sung Zen Genres 21
Multiple Implications of the Term "Koan" 38
Significance of the Koan as a Zen Symbol 43
A Zen Problematic: Textuality and Untextuality 59
2 Mythology and Demythology: The Aporetics of Koan Studies 65
Two Sets of Problematical Issues 65
Nishitani's View of "Self-Surpassing" Zen 69
Five Main Aporetics of Zen Studies 72
The Function of Literary Criticism 81
The Koan as Religious Symbol 87
Discourse Analysis in Dogen and Koan Studies 96
3 Inter- and Intra-Textuality: A Tale of Two Shobogenzo Texts 103
On Contextualizing Dogen's Texts 103
Conventional View of Dogen and the Koran Tradition 106
Rethinking the Conventional View 123
Contrasting Dogen and Ta-hui 135
The Two Shobogenzo Texts 149
4 Narratology and Tropology: Skin, Flesh, Bones, Marrow/Marrow, Bones, Flesh, Skin 159
On Resolving the Aporetics of Koran Studies 159
Sect. A "Skin, Flesh, Bones, Marrow" 163
Rethinking the Conventional View 163
On the Formation of Zen Genres 174
Roots and Branches 182
Sect. B "Marrow, Bones, Flesh, Skin" 198
The Elements of a Tropological Interpretation 200
Dogen's KS Text in Comparison with Koan-roku Texts 216
Conclusions: Does the Koan Have Buddha-Nature? 237
Appendix I. Translations of Kana Shobogenzo Fascicles 243
Appendix II. On the Mana Shobogenzo 257
Glossary of Sino-Japanese Terms, Names and Titles 277
Notes 289
Bibliography 311
Index 323
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