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Shobogenzo: Zen Essays by Dogen
A remarkable collection of essays, Shobogenzo, "Treasury of the Eye of True Teaching," was composed in the thirteenth century by the Zen master Dogen, founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan. Through its linguistic artistry and its philosophical subtlety, the Shobogenzo presents a thorough recasting of Buddhism with a creative ingenuity that has never been matched in the s...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by University of Hawaii Press
(first published 1975)
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Dogen's circuitous logic made portions of this book nearly inscrutable to this Western mind. But reading the essays, I could almost begin to feel my concrete, linear mind begin to free up a little - something of a cumulative effect of the writings. The editor's introductory remarks did help somewhat (without them, I would have been even more lost than I was). And I found the end notes also to be illuminating. If you've read other writings by Soto teachers, but haven't read anything from Dogen -...more
Dōgen was a Zen Buddhist teacher and the founder of the Sōtō Zen school of Buddhism in Japan.More about Dōgen...