Visions of Awakening Space and Time: D=ogen and the Lotus Sutra

Visions of Awakening Space and Time: D=ogen and the Lotus Sutra

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by Taigen Dan Leighton
     
 

"As a religion concerned with universal liberation, Zen grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital, dynamic agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview… See more details below

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"As a religion concerned with universal liberation, Zen grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital, dynamic agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview through the writings of the Zen master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), considered the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, which currently enjoys increasing popularity in the West." "The Lotus Sutra , arguably the most important Buddhist scripture in East Asia, contains a famous story about bodhisattvas (enlightening beings) who emerge from under the earth to preserve and expound the Lotus teaching in the distant future. The story reveals that the Buddha only appears to pass away, but actually has been practicing, and will continue to do so, over an inconceivably long life span." Leighton traces commentaries on the Lotus Sutra from a range of key East Asian Buddhist thinkers, including Daosheng, Zhiyi, Zhanran, Saigyo, Myoe, Nichiren, Hakuin, and Ryokan. But his main focus is Eihei Dogen, the 13th century Japanese Soto Zen founder who imported Zen from China, and whose profuse, provocative, and poetic writings are important to the modern expansion of Buddhism to the West.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195320930
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/11/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Taigen Dan Leighton is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Institute of Buddhist Studies and author of Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression. He is primary co-translator and editor for several Zen translations, including D=ogen's Extensive Record and Cultivating the Empty Field. He is also a S=ot=o Zen priest and Dharma heir.

Table of Contents

I. The Pivotal Lotus Story and Dogen's Worldview
II. Hermeneutics and Discourse Styles in Study of the Lotus Sutra and Dogen
III. Selected East Asian Interpretations of the Story
IV. Dogen's Interpretations of this Lotus Sutra Story
V. Dogen's View of Earth, Space, and Time Seen in Mahayana Context
Afterword: Implications of Dogen's Mahayana Worldview
Endnotes
Bibliography

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