The Heart of Dogen's Shobogenzo

The Heart of Dogen's Shobogenzo

by Norman Waddell, Masao Abe
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State University of New York Press


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The Heart of Dogen's Shobogenzo

Two of Dogen's most esteemed translators provide key chapters from his Zen masterpiece, the Shobogenzo, in English with annotations to guide the reader.

The Heart of Dogen's Shobogenzo provides exhaustively annotated translations of the difficult core essays of Shobogenzo, the masterwork of Japanese Zen master Dogen Kigen, the founder of Soto Zen. This book is centered around those essays that generations have regarded as containing the essence of Dogen's teaching. These translations, revised from those that first appeared in the 1970s, clarify and enrich the understanding of Dogen's religious thought and his basic ideas about Zen practice and doctrine. Dogen's uncommon intellectual gifts, combined with a profound religious attainment and an extraordinary ability to articulate it, make Shoµboµgenzoµ unique even in the vast literature the Zen school has produced over the centuries, securing it a special place in the history of world religious literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791452424
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/24/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 462,477
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Translator's Introduction

1. Fukanzazengi
(Universal Promotion of the Principles of Zazen)

2. Bendowa
(Negotiating the Way)

3. Ikka Myoju
(One Bright Pearl)

4. Genjokoan
(Manifesting Suchness)

5. Uji

6. Bussho

7. Sammai-O-Zammai
(The King of Samadhis Samadhi)

8. Shoji
(Birth and Death)

9. Zazengi
(The Principles of Zazen)



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An excellent dichotomy of ¿¿¿¿ Sho¿bo¿genzo¿ or the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye by ¿¿¿¿¿¿ Eihei Do¿gen Zenji. All nine chapters are wonderfully engaging and thought provoking of course. ¿¿ Bussho or Buddha Nature is diverse or compelling and should be read several times as it is the most detailed or in-depth analysis. A great subsequent reading to the original aforementioned text by Zenji.