Vision of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra

Paperback | November 23, 2008

byTaigen Dan Leighton

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As a religion concerned with eternal salvation, Zen is based on and grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital,ephemeral agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview through the writings of the Zen master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), considered the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, which is now spreading in many places in the West. Broader awareness of Dogen'sworldview and its implications, says Leighton, is helpful for a modern understanding of Zen and Mahayana praxis, and is relevant to contemporary environmental and ethical concerns.

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As a religion concerned with eternal salvation, Zen is based on and grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital,ephemeral agent of awareness and healing. In...

Taigen Dan Leighton is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Institute of Buddhist Studies and author of Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression . He is primary co-translator and editor for several Zen translations, including Dogen's Extensive Record and Cultivating the Empty F...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 23, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Pivotal Lotus Story and Dogen's Worldview2. Hermeneutics and Discourse Styles in Study of the Lotus Sutra and Dogen3. Selected East Asian Interpretations of the Story4. Dogen's Interpretations of this Lotus Sutra Story5. Dogen's View of Earth, Space, and Time Seen in Mahayana ContextAfterword: Implications of Dogen's Mahayana WorldviewEndnotesBibliography

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"Leighton's clear, articulate prose renders Dogen's writings alive, accessible, and relevant to life in the twenty-first century." --Philosophy East and West