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Rational Zen: The Mind of Dogen Zenji
     

Rational Zen: The Mind of Dogen Zenji

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by Thomas Cleary
 

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Rational Zen consists of selection from Dogen's two masterworks, Shobogenzo (the famed "Treasury of Eyes of True Teaching, " Japan's most sophisticated philosophical work) and Eihei Koruko ("Universal Book of Eternal Peace"), now in English for the first time. The translator's commentary and a compendium of authentic source materials enhance the reader's insight into

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Rational Zen consists of selection from Dogen's two masterworks, Shobogenzo (the famed "Treasury of Eyes of True Teaching, " Japan's most sophisticated philosophical work) and Eihei Koruko ("Universal Book of Eternal Peace"), now in English for the first time. The translator's commentary and a compendium of authentic source materials enhance the reader's insight into Dogen's methods, linking them to the great classical traditions of Buddhism that ultimately flowered in Zen.

Thomas Cleary holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and is a former fellow of Kyoto University. Having published over forty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian works, he is the most prolific translator of Asian spiritual classics today.

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"This collection . . . is an occasion for celebration by American Buddhists. . . . those concerned with the living meaning embedded in these writings can only feel gratitude for the riches Cleary has provided."— Tricycle

"Thomas Cleary's strong rendering of important sections of Dogen Zenji's essential writings, with his excellent and comprehensive notes, opens the gate to a far wider understanding and appreciation of the extraordinary work of the founder of Japanese Zen."—Peter Matthiessen, author of Nine-Headed Dragon River

"My reverence for both Dogen and Cleary is virtually unbounded. . . . It is becoming hard, in fact, to read anyone's translations but Cleary's."—Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall

"A vivid and fresh new translation. . . . Cleary preserves Dogen's form and . . . succeeds in creating an atmosphere that awakens the essence of Dogen Zenji's teachings for American Zen students."—Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Roshi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570626340
Publisher:
Shambhala
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Shambhala Dragon Editions Series
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
335,234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cleary holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.

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