The Wholehearted Way

The Wholehearted Way

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by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, Shohaku Okumura
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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"This book will take Dogen Zenji's teachings on practice / enlightenment into the 21st century. Uchiyama Roshi's deep devotion, toether with his modern here-and-now understanding, is presented with such clarity and precision by Shohaku Okumura and Taigen Dan Leighton that we enter Dogen Zewji's presence as though in dokusan." —Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Abbess of he San Francisco Zen Center

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804831055
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
249,689
Product dimensions:
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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