Dogen: Textual and Historical Studies

Paperback | January 25, 2012

EditorSteven Heine

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In this groundbreaking collection of essays edited by Steven Heine, leading scholars of Buddhism from both sides of the Pacific explore the life and thought of Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Japanese Soto sect. Through both textual and historical analysis, the volume showsDogen in context of the Chinese Chan tradition that influenced him and demonstrates the tremendous, lasting impact he had on Buddhist thought and culture in Japan. Special attention is given to the Shobogenzo and several of its fascicles, which express Dogen's views on such practices and rituals asusing supranormal powers (jinzu), reading the sutras (kankin), diligent training in zazen meditation (shikan taza), and the koan realized in everyday life (genjokoan). Dogen: Textual and Historical Studies also analyzes the historical significance of this seminal figure: for instance, Dogen's methods of appropriating or contrasting with Chan sources, as well as how Dogen was understood and examined in later periods, including modern times. This book is a crucialcontribution to the advancement of specialized studies of Dogen, as well as to the Chan/Zen school in the context of East Asian religions and their social and historical trends.

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In this groundbreaking collection of essays edited by Steven Heine, leading scholars of Buddhism from both sides of the Pacific explore the life and thought of Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Japanese Soto sect. Through both textual and historical analysis, the volume showsDogen in context of the Chinese Chan tradition...

Steven Heine is an authority on Japanese religion and society, especially the history of Zen Buddhism and the life and works of Dogen. He has published two dozen books, including Did Dogen Go to China? (2006), Zen Skin, Zen Marrow (2010), and Zen Masters (2010). He is Professor of Religious Studies and History, Associate Director of t...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Dogen Studies on Both Sides of the PacificPart I. Textual Studies1. William M. Bodiford: Textual Genealogies of Dogen2. Steven Heine: What's On the Other Side? Delusion and Reality in Dogen's 'Genjokoan'3. T. Griffith Foulk: Just Sitting? Dogen's Take on Zazen, Sutra Reading, and Other Conventional Buddhist Practices4. Steven Heine: A Day in the Life: Dogen's View of Chan Lineages and Practices in 'Gyoji5. Taigen Dan Leighton: Dogen's Approach to Training in Eihei korokuPart II. Historical Studies6. Ishi Shdo: An Evaluation of Dogen Zen from the Perspective of Song Chan7. Albert Welter: Zen Syncretism: An Examination of Dogen's Zen Thought in Light of Yongming Yanshou's Chan Teaching in the Zongjing lu8. Carl Bielefeldt: Disarming the Superpowers: The abhijna in Eisai and Dogen9. William M. Bodiford: Remembering Dogen: Eiheiji and Dogen Hagiography10. Ishii Seijun: New Trends in Dogen Studies in JapanNotesGlossaryIndex