Dogen and Soto Zen

Paperback | March 11, 2015

EditorSteven Heine

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Dogen and Soto Zen builds upon and further refines a continuing wave of enthusiastic popular interest and scholarly developments in Western appropriations of Zen. In the last few decades, research in English and European languages on Dogen and Soto Zen has grown, aided by an increasingawareness on both sides of the Pacific of the important influence of the religious movement and its founder. The school has flourished throughout the medieval and early modern periods of Japanese history, and it is still spreading and reshaping itself in the current age of globalization. This volume continues the work of Steven Heine's recently published collection, Dogen: Textual and Historical Studies, featuring some of the same outstanding authors as well as some new experts who explore diverse aspects of the life and teachings of Zen master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of theSoto Zen sect (or Sotoshu) in early Kamakura-era Japan. The contributors examine the ritual and institutional history of the Soto school, including the role of the Eiheji monastery established by Dogen as well as rites and precepts performed there and at other temples.

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Dogen and Soto Zen builds upon and further refines a continuing wave of enthusiastic popular interest and scholarly developments in Western appropriations of Zen. In the last few decades, research in English and European languages on Dogen and Soto Zen has grown, aided by an increasingawareness on both sides of the Pacific of the impor...

Steven Heine is Professor of Religious Studies and History and Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:March 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsSteven Heine: Editor's Introduction: Two for the Price of OnePart I. Studies of Dogen1. T. Griffith Foulk: Dogen's Use of Rujing's 'Just Sit' (shikan taza) and Other Koans2. Mirian Levering: 'Raihaitokuzui' and Dogen's Views of Gender and Women: A Reconsideration3. Steven Heine: Dogen, A Medieval Japanese Monk Well-Versed in Chinese Poetry: What He Did and Did Not Compose4. John C.Maraldo: Negotiating the Divide of Death in Japanese Buddhism: Dogen's Difference5. Gereon Kopf: 'When all Dharmas are the Buddha-dharma': Dogen as Comparative PhilosopherPart II. Studies of Soto Zen6. William M.Bodiford: Keizan's Denkoroku: A Textual and Contextual Overview7. David Riggs: Are Soto Zen Precepts for Ethical Guidance or Ceremonial Transformation? Menzan's Attempted Reforms and Contemporary Practices8. Michaela Mross: Vocalizing the Remembrance of Dogen: A Study of the Shinpen Hoon Koshiki9. Diane Riggs: Interpreting the Material Heritage of the 'Elephant Trunk Robe' in Soto Zen10. Pamela D. Winfield: Embodying Soto Zen: Institutional Identity and Ideal Body-Image at Daihonzan EiheijiSino-Japanese GlossaryIndex

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"This excellent volume sheds new and corrective light on Dogen and the Soto Zen tradition. Exploring a rich array of topics--Dogen's views of meditation, women, poetry, and death; his standing as a philosopher; distinctive Soto approaches to texts, precepts, liturgical practices, robes, andmonastic architecture-the contributors bridge the divide between textual analyses of Dogen's thought and scholarship on institutional facets of Soto Zen. A must read for anyone with a serious interest in Zen." --Christopher Ives, author of Imperial-Way Zen