"A fine introduction to the spirit of Zen, both past and present. Dogen's famous text on Zen practice comes alive in the hands of a modern meditation master…The translation well captures both the sense of Dogen's original text and the clarity and humanity that have made Uchiyama Roshi one of the most attractive Zen teachers today." —Carl Biefeldt, Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University
The Wholehearted Wayby Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, Shohaku Okumura
The Wholehearted Way is a translation of Eihei Dogen's Bendowa, one of the primary texts on Zen practice. Transcending any particular school of Buddhism or religious belief, Dogen's profound and poetic writings are respected as a pinnacle of world spiritual literature. Bendowa, or A Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way, was written in 1231 A.D. and expresses Dogen's teaching of the essential meaning of zazen (seated meditation) and its practice.
This edition also contains commentary on Bendowa by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, a foreword by Taigen Daniel Leighton, and an Introduction by Shohaku Okumura, both of whom prepared this English translation.
- Tuttle Publishing
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- 1st Edition
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Meet the Author
Shohaku Okumura is a Soto Zen priest and Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. He is a graduate of Komazawa University and has practiced in Japan at Antaiji, Zuioji, and the Kyoto Soto Zen Center, and in Massachusetts at the Pioneer Valley Zendo. He is the former director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. His previously published books of translation include Uchiyama Roshi's Opening the Hand of Thought, as well as Dogen's Extensive Record: A Translation of the Eihei Koroku, with Taigen Dan Leighton. He is the author of Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts and Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo. He is the founding teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community, based in Bloomington, Indiana, where he lives with his family.
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Very, very good read: thought provoking and engaging. It is about Dogen Zenji's Bendowa, which is about his teachings and experiences. And Uchiyama Roshi commentates on Dogen's being committed to his practice: zazen and Buddhism. A must read.