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Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen master who founded the Japanese Soto School of Zen, is renowned as one of the world's most remarkable religious thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen utterly transforms the language of Zen, using it in novel and extraordinarily beautiful ways to point to everything important in the religious life.

He is known for two major works. The first work, the massive Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye), represents his early teachings and exists in myriad English translations; the second work, the Eihei Koroku, is a collection of all his later teachings, including short formal discourses to the monks training at his temple, longer informal talks, and koans with his commentaries, as well as short appreciatory verses on various topics. The Shobogenzo has received enormous attention in Western Zen and Western Zen literature, and with the publication of this watershed volume, the Eihei Koroku will surely rise to commensurate stature.

Dogen's Extensive Record is the first-ever complete and scholarly translation of this monumental work into English and this edition is the first time it has been available in paperback. This edition contains extensive and detailed research and annotation by scholars, translators and Zen teachers Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, as well as forewords by the eighteenth-century poet-monk Ryokan and Tenshin Reb Anderson, former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center - plus introductory essays from Dogen scholar Steven Heine, and the prominent, late American Zen master John Daido Loori.

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ISBN-13: 9780861716708
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 824
Sales rank: 691,191
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Eihei Dogen founded the Japanese Soto School of Zen, and is renowned as one of the world's most remarkable religious thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen utterly transforms the language of Zen, using it in novel and extraordinarily beautiful ways in his voluminous writings. Born in 1200 to an aristocratic background, he was ordained a monk in the Japanese Tendai School in his early teens, but became dissatisfied with Japanese Buddhism. After traveling in China from 1223 to 1227, he returned to introduce to Japan the Soto lineage and the large body of Chan teaching stories, or koans, which he had thoroughly mastered. From 1233 to 1243 he taught near the cultural capital of Kyoto, then in 1243 moved to the remote northern mountains and founded the temple Eiheiji, still one of the headquarter temples of Soto Zen. There, until his illness and death in 1253, he trained a core group of monks who spread Soto Zen throughout the Japanese countryside. Dogen's writings are noted for their poetic and philosophic depth, though aimed at spiritual practitioners. His two major, massive works are Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury) and Eihei Koroku (Dogen's Extensive Record). Although not studied for many centuries aside from Soto scholars, in modern times Dogen's writings, through translation, have become an important part of the spread of Buddhism in the West.

Taigen Dan Leighton, Soto Zen priest and successor in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, received Dharma Transmission in 2000 from Reb Anderson Roshi and is Dharma Teacher at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago. After residing for years at San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara monastery, Taigen also practiced for two years in Kyoto, Japan. Taigen is author of Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry, Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression, and Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra. He has edited and co-translated several Zen texts including: Dogen's Extensive Record: A Translation of Eihei Koroku, Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi, Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community, and The Wholehearted Way, and has contributed to many other books and journals. Taigen teaches online at Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, from where he has a PhD. He has taught at other universities including Saint Mary's College, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and in Chicago at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and Loyola University Chicago. Taigen has long been active in social justice programs, including Peace and Environmental Activism.

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 Shobogenzo Zuimonki, Dogen Zen, Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo, and Opening the Hand of Thought. Okumura is also editor of Dogen Zen and Its Relevance for Our Time and SotoZen. He is the founding teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community, based in Bloomington, Indiana, where he lives with his family.

John Daido Loori was, until his death in 2009, the spiritual leader and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York. Trained in koan Zen as well as in the subtle school of Master Dogen's Zen, he was the Dharma heir of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Devoted to maintaining authentic Zen training, he developed a distinctive style, called the Eight Gates of Zen, based on the noble eightfold path. Drawing on his background as scientist, artist, naturalist, and Zen priest, Abbot Loori was an American master who spoke directly to students from the perspective of a common background. His books include Mountain Record of Zen Talks and The Heart of Being.

Steven Heine is an authority on Japanese religion and society, especially the history of Zen Buddhism and the life and works of Dogen. He has published two dozen books, including Did Dogen Go to China? and Zen Skin, Zen Marrow.

Reb Anderson Roshi moved to San Francisco in 1967 to study Zen Buddhism with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a priest in 1970. Since then, he has continued to practice at the San Francisco Zen Center, where he served as abbot from 1986 to 1995 and is now a senior dharma teacher. Anderson Roshi lectures and leads retreats around the world, and is the author of Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains and Being Upright. He lives with his family and friends at Green Dragon Temple, Green Gulch Farm, near Muir Beach, in Northern California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tenshin Reb Anderson xiii

Introduction Taigen Dan Leighton 1

Overview of Dōgen's Teaching Career 1

The Move to Echizen 7

The Significance of Eihei Kōroku in Dōgen's Writings 9

The Question of Shifts in Dōgen's Teachings 15

Dōgen's Great Disciples and the Spread of Sōtō Zen in Japan 19

Other Disciples 25

Dōgen's Use of Kōans 27

The Eihei Kōroku Text and Translation Notes 32

The Jōdō (Dharma Hall Discourses), Volumes 1-7 35

The Shōsan (Informal Meetings) and Hōgo (Dharma Words), Volume 8 38

Kōans and Juko (Verse Comments), Volume 9 40

The Poems, Volume 10 41

Using Eihei Kōroku as a Practice Tool 43

Acknowledgments 47

The Significance of Eihei Kōroku and Its Translation Steven Heine 51

Dōgen and Kōans John Daido Loori 61

"On Reading Eihei Kōroku" Ryōkan (1758-1831) 69

Eihei Kōroku

Volume 1 Dharma Hall Discourses 1-126 (1236-1243) 75

Volume 2 Dharma Hall Discourses 127-184 (1245-1246) 151

Volume 3 Dharma Hall Discourses 185-257 (1246-1248) 205

Volume 4 Dharma Hall Discourses 258-345 (1248-1249) 253

Volume 5 Dharma Hall Discourses 346-413 (1249-1251) 311

Volume 6 Dharma Hall Discourses 414-470 (1251) 371

Volume 7 Dharma Hall Discourses 471-531 (1251-1252) 421

Volume 8 473

Informal Meetings 1-20 473

Dharma Words 1-14 498

Fukanzazengi 532

Volume 9 Kōans with Verse Comments 1-90 537

Volume 10 Poetry 599

Verses of Praise on Portraits 1-5 599

[Dōgen's] Verses of Praise on Portraits of Himself 1-20 601

Assorted Verses 1-125 610


Chronological Index of Dharma Hall Discourses with Dates 647

Index and Glossary of Names 653

Pinyin Names with Japanese Transliterations and Kanji 685

Index of Translators' Names of Dharma Hall Discourses 691

General Index 707

Selected Bibliography 785

About the Translators 799

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