Dogen's Extensive Record: A Translation of the Eihei Koroku by Dōgen

By Dōgen

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"This is a gem of a publication that succeeds in conveying the heat and compassion of 1 of Buddhism's nice towering figures." (The center means: magazine of the Buddhist Society)

"Leighton and Okumura have rendered Dogen's dense and idiosyncratic language in transparent, full of life, and fascinating English. this is often no small accomplishment. All readers will gain vastly from this awesome contribution to the research of Dogen and Zen Buddhism." (Philosophy East & West)

"This giant paintings might be a worthy asset not only for college kids of the Zen instructor Dogen (1200-1253), yet for all scholars of Zen and Buddhism typically. briefly, Leighton and Okumura's translation of Dogen's wide checklist is a precious contribution to the transforming into physique of Zen literature on hand in English. It permits Western readers to find a brand new facet of Dogen, the facet he awarded to his personal scholars each day. it's going to present cautious study." (William M. Bodiford, in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly)

"The many hours of devoted paintings [that produced the booklet] can be a lot favored via we all now and sooner or later who price Dogen's encouraged writing and talks." (Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center)

"This is an important time when it comes to realizing Dogen within the West, [with] Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura's translation of the Eihei Koroku popping out. everyone is going to work out a completely various sort during this selection of Dogen's later teachings." (Steven Heine, Director, Institute of Asian reviews; co-author of Buddhism within the glossy global, within the forum-style article, "Understanding Dogen," in Buddhadharma)

"This new and hefty quantity represents the [previously unseen] different 1/2 Dogen's educating. We owe a very good debt to Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura for this huge translation, a hard work of affection and a beneficiant delivering to people who decide to wander past the overwhelmed path." (Inquiring Mind)

About the Author

Eihei Dogen based the japanese Soto institution of Zen, and is popular as one of many world's so much notable spiritual thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen totally transforms the language of Zen, utilizing it in novel and terribly appealing methods in his voluminous writings. Born in 1200 to an aristocratic historical past, he used to be ordained a monk within the jap Tendai tuition in his early youngsters, yet turned disappointed with jap Buddhism. After touring in China from 1223 to 1227, he lower back to introduce to Japan the Soto lineage and the massive physique of Chan instructing tales, or koans, which he had completely mastered. From 1233 to 1243 he taught close to the cultural capital of Kyoto, then in 1243 moved to the distant northern mountains and based the temple Eiheiji, nonetheless one of many headquarter temples of Soto Zen. There, until eventually his affliction and dying in 1253, he informed a center staff of priests who unfold Soto Zen during the jap geographical region. Dogen's writings are famous for his or her poetic and philosophic intensity, even though aimed toward religious practitioners. His significant, substantial works are Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury) and Eihei Koroku (Dogen's huge Record). even if no longer studied for lots of centuries other than Soto students, nowa days Dogen's writings, via translation, became a tremendous a part of the unfold of Buddhism within the West.

Taigen Dan Leighton, Soto Zen priest and successor within the Suzuki Roshi lineage, acquired Dharma Transmission in 2000 from Reb Anderson Roshi and is Dharma instructor at historic Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago. After dwelling for years at San Francisco Zen middle and Tassajara monastery, Taigen additionally practiced for 2 years in Kyoto, Japan. Taigen is writer of Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of inventive Inquiry, Faces of Compassion: vintage Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their smooth Expression, and Visions of Awakening house and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra. He has edited and co-translated a number of Zen texts together with: Dogen's broad list: A Translation of Eihei Koroku, Cultivating the Empty box: The Silent Illumination of Zen grasp Hongzhi, Dogen's natural criteria for the Zen group, and The Wholehearted approach, and has contributed to many different books and journals. Taigen teaches on-line at Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, from the place he has a PhD. He has taught at different universities together with Saint Mary's collage, the California Institute of vital reports, and in Chicago at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and Loyola collage Chicago. Taigen has lengthy been energetic in social justice courses, together with Peace and Environmental Activism.

Shohaku Okumura is a Soto Zen priest and Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. he's a graduate of Komazawa college and has practiced in Japan at Antaiji, Zuioji, and the Kyoto Soto Zen heart, and in Massachusetts on the Pioneer Valley Zendo. he's the previous director of the Soto Zen Buddhism overseas heart in San Francisco. His formerly released books of translation comprise Shobogenzo Zuimonki, Dogen Zen, Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo, and commencing the Hand of notion. Okumura can be editor of Dogen Zen and Its Relevance for Our Time and SotoZen. he's the founding instructor of the Sanshin Zen group, established in Bloomington, Indiana, the place he lives along with his family.

John Daido Loori used to be, until eventually his demise in 2009, the religious chief and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, long island. proficient in koan Zen in addition to within the refined institution of grasp Dogen's Zen, he used to be the Dharma inheritor of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. dedicated to retaining real Zen education, he constructed a particular type, known as the 8 Gates of Zen, according to the noble eightfold direction. Drawing on his heritage as scientist, artist, naturalist, and Zen priest, Abbot Loori used to be an American grasp who spoke on to scholars from the viewpoint of a typical heritage. His books contain Mountain list of Zen Talks and the guts of Being.

Steven Heine is an expert on eastern faith and society, specifically the historical past of Zen Buddhism and the lifestyles and works of Dogen. He has released dozen books, together with Did Dogen visit China? and Zen dermis, Zen Marrow.

Reb Anderson Roshi moved to San Francisco in 1967 to review Zen Buddhism with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a clergyman in 1970. on the grounds that then, he has persevered to perform on the San Francisco Zen middle, the place he served as abbot from 1986 to 1995 and is now a senior dharma instructor. Anderson Roshi lectures and leads retreats around the globe, and is the writer of hot Smiles from chilly Mountains and Being Upright. He lives together with his friends and family at eco-friendly Dragon Temple, eco-friendly Gulch Farm, close to Muir seashore, in Northern California.

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14 Similar concerns emerge in Nikolas Rose’s work on the psy disciplines and governmentality, specifically a recent trend away from traditional, external modes of surveillance and coercion towards more internalized forms, which feel as though they have been freely chosen by us for our own good: Through self-inspection, self-problematization, self-monitoring and confession, we evaluate ourselves according to the criteria provided for us by others. 15 Broadly encompassing in its conceptual scope, deeply personal in its everyday reality, and phenomenologically complex – ideas and propositions blending with symbol, myth, feeling, memory, faith, presumed unconscious content, and meditative states – the religion–psy dialogue resists adequate description, critique, and evaluation via any single meta-language.

29 The large audiences that both Doi and Kawai found for their ideas reminds us of how mistaken we would be to assess the impact upon Japanese society and culture of psychodynamic theories and practices purely on the basis of practitioner and client numbers, which have been consistently small when set alongside the boom in Rogerian counselling in recent decades. We would be equally mistaken in imagining that the political and ethical concerns arising from the religion–psy dialogue’s ties with nihonjinron can be addressed by drawing a clear line between fictitious parochialism on the one hand and legitimate, constructive social-psychological commentary on the other.

This relationship developed against the backdrop of a far broader, and deeply consequential meeting: between Japan’s long-standing, Chinese-influenced intellectual and institutional forms, and the politics, science, philosophy, and religion of the post-Enlightenment West. In striving to craft a modern society and culture that could exist on terms with – rather than be subsumed by – western power and influence, Japan became home to a religion–psy dialogue informed by pressing political priorities and rapidly shifting cultural concerns.

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