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Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo

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Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen master who founded the Japanese Soto school of Zen, is renowned as one the world's most remarkable religious geniuses. His works are both richly poetic and deeply insightful and philosophical, pointing to the endless depths of Zen exploration. And almost precisely because of these facts, Dogen is often difficult for readers to understand a ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 10th 2010 by Wisdom Publications
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Jay Allen
An excellent interpretation of a Soto Zen classic through the eyes of a modern, gifted practitioner. Under Okumura's fine analysis, "Genjokoan" is revealed be to not merely lyrical and intricate, but also practical. Okumura uses analogies and examples from his own life to show how Dogen's essay on enlightenment, being and time can free us from our misconceptions about what it means to be human.

I particularly liked that Okumura, instead of using the typical Buddhist phrase "dependent origination
Dogen's "Genjokoan" is a seminal text in Zen Buddhism, and Okumura is a personable, compassionate guide. As a clear yet in-depth layperson's introduction to Dogen - one of the most influential Zen philosophers of all time, and a highly original literary stylist as well - Okumura's book could hardly be bettered. Destined to become a classic.
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