Enlightenment Unfolds

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     Enlightenment Unfolds is a sequel to Kaz Tanahashi's previous collection, Moon in a Dewdrop, which has become a primary source on Dogen for Western Zen students. Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) is unquestionably the most significant religious figure in Japanese history. Founder of the Soto school of Zen (which emphasizes the practice of zazen or sitting meditation), he was a prolific writer whose works have remained popular for six hundred years. Enlightenment Unfolds presents even more of ...
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Enlightenment Unfolds: The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Dogen

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Overview

     Enlightenment Unfolds is a sequel to Kaz Tanahashi's previous collection, Moon in a Dewdrop, which has become a primary source on Dogen for Western Zen students. Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) is unquestionably the most significant religious figure in Japanese history. Founder of the Soto school of Zen (which emphasizes the practice of zazen or sitting meditation), he was a prolific writer whose works have remained popular for six hundred years. Enlightenment Unfolds presents even more of the incisive and inspiring writings of this seminal figure, focusing on essays from his great life work, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye , as well as poems, talks, and correspondence, much of which appears here in English for the first time.

     Tanahashi has brought together his own translations of Dogen with those of some of the most respected Zen teachers and writers of our own day, including Reb Anderson, Edward Espe Brown, Norman Fisher, Gil Fronsdal, Blanche Hartman, Jane Hirschfield, Daniel Leighton, Alan Senauke, Katherine Thanas, Mel Weitzman, and Michael Wenger.

     

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"Tanahashi is a writer and painter whose earlier collection, Moon in a Dewdrop served as an introduction to the work of Dogen for many Western readers. This sequel collection draws from the complete range of Dogen's writing. Some pieces have been widely translated and will be familiar to students of Zen, others have been reprinted from Moon in a Dewdrop, and still others appear here in English for the first time. Tanahashi worked with a number of co-translators, all of them Zen practitioners in Dogen's lineage, and the result is an accessible and admirably consistent text. This is particularly impressive given the somewhat eccentric nature of Dogen's prose, which can approach poetry and as a vehicle for Zen teachings often exists at the outer limits of usefulness of language in conveying meaning. Students of Zen will find this text essential."—Mark Woodhouse, Library Journal.
Library Journal
Tanahashi is a writer and painter whose earlier collection, Moon in a Dewdrop (1985; Weatherhill, 1995. reprint) served as an introduction to the work of Dogen for many Western readers. This sequel collection draws from the complete range of Dogen's writing. Some pieces have been widely translated and will be familiar to students of Zen, others have been reprinted from Moon in a Dewdrop, and still others appear here in English for the first time. Tanahashi worked with a number of co-translators, all of them Zen practitioners in Dogen's lineage, and the result is an accessible and admirably consistent text. This is particularly impressive given the somewhat eccentric nature of Dogen's prose, which can approach poetry and as a vehicle for Zen teachings often exists at the outer limits of the usefulness of language in conveying meaning. Students of Zen will find this text essential, and it is also recommended for collections with an interest in Asian studies or comparative religion.--Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570625701
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Notes to the Reader
Introduction
Texts and Translation Credits
Emergence of the True Dharma Eye, 1223-1235 1
Journal of My Study in China 3
Poems 28
On a Portrait of Myself 29
Record of Bringing Master Myozen's Relics 30
Recommending Zazen to All People 32
Actualizing the Fundamental Point 35
Cases for Study 40
Raising Sages, 1235-1246 45
Donation Request for a Monks' Hall at the Kannon-dori Monastery 47
Formal Talk upon Establishing the Kosho Monastery 49
Informal Talks 50
Valley Sounds, Mountain Colors 59
The Time-Being 69
The Power of the Robe 77
Encouraging Words 102
Miracles 104
Continuous Practice, Fascicle One 114
Continuous Practice, Fascicle Two 137
Within a Dream Expressing the Dream 165
Undivided Activity 173
Great Awakened Ones, 1243-1246 177
Intimate Language 179
Insentient Beings Speak Dharma 185
Turning the Dharma Wheel 196
In Honor of Master Rujing 199
On Carving the Buddha Image for the Daibutsu Monastery 200
Space 201
Formal Talk on the First Day of the Practice Period 205
Given to Hironaga Hatano 206
Eternal Peace, 1246-1253 207
Formal Talk 209
Guidelines for Officers of the Eihei Monastery 210
Auspicious Beginning of Spring 255
Original Face 256
Transmission Outside Scripture 256
Formal Talk upon Returning from Kamakura 257
Omens of the Sixteen Arhats 259
On a Portrait of Myself 260
Three Auspicious Signs at the Eihei Monastery 261
Identifying with Cause and Effect 263
Eight Awakenings of Great Beings 270
Final Instructions 275
Poem 278
Death Poem 279
Selected Bibliography 280
Glossary of Terms 283
Glossary of Names 292
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