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Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master’s incisive wisdom in short selectionsEihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master’s incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen—and inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions....

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The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master Reviews

  • Chad Kohalyk
    2019-04-25 11:56

    Firstly, I listened to the audiobook and I have to say the narrator was top notch. It is great that they got someone who could pronounce both the Chinese and Japanese words properly. I really appreciate the attention to detail.The first third of this book is great, but then it starts to get too abstract. And with no real commentary from the authors, it went over this novice's head completely. I could see how this book would be great in a study group, but as a lone person with no teacher, and only a simple understanding of Zen, I found it too challenging.

  • Pustulio
    2019-04-30 11:40

    Me lo gané por andar leyendo mamadas. Entiendo que este libro es para conocer la filosofía budista, y que logres agarrarle el pedo a la meditación Zen. Pero pues lejos de "calmarme" me pinche desespero a la verga. Sus "definiciones" todas abstractas y vaciladoras. Iluminación: "Esto se define como cuando alguien se ilumina." Y todo el libro está repleto de eso. Otra cosa que me desespero son los mantras, supongo que sirve para repetir varias cosas y llegar a la meditación, pero me desesperaba de sobre manera. Los peces espada, son el cuerpo de buda. Los tiburones martillo, son el cuerpo de buda. Los salmones, son el cuerpo de buda. Los huachinangos, son el cuerpo de buda. Las ballenas, son el cuerpo de buda. ¿¡NO PUEDES DECIR QUE TODAS LAS CRIATURAS MARINAS SON EL CUERPO DE BUDA Y SEGUIR CON EL CHINGADO LIBRO!?Definitivamente eso de conocer religiones no es lo mío. Tengo muy poca paciencia. Todo el tiempo que lo leía no podía dejar de pensar en Kurt Vonnegut y su Cat's cradle. Mejor wa solo seguir leyendo de samurais y wa dejar budismo y lo zen lejos. Y ahora un gif de un panda:

  • Daniel
    2019-05-13 11:38

    The first time I read this, I gave it two stars. This read was definitely more of a four-star affair. Make of that what you will.

  • Chris
    2019-04-27 12:44

    ( … )Under the burdenof solitude,under the burdenof dissatisfactionthe weight,the weight we carryis love( … )Allen Ginsberg (3 June 1926 – 5 April 1997 / Newark, New Jersey)The village I finally reachEihei Dogen (1200 – 1253) (also Dōgen Zenji or Dōgen Kigen or Koso Joyo Daishi) is one of the great teachers of Zen Buddhism and an inspiring poet and writer.Dogen ordained as a monk at the age of fourteen and started studying Zen at eighteen. He went to China at the age of twenty-four to complete his study. He established his first training centre ‘Kosho Monastery’ when he was thirty-four and started building a full-scale monastery in a remote province of Echizen at the age of forty-four. He died at the age of fifty-four. So far the statistics of his life.Next to his formal writings – alto the difference is not too big – Dogen also wrote poetry in a Chinese style of thirty-one syllables, five, seven, five, seven and seven sentences. Following his sincere aspiration to realise ‘wholeness’ Dogen studied in China at Tiantong Monastery there the abbot immediately acknowledged him ‘The dharma gate of face-to-face transmission from buddha to buddha, ancestor to ancestor, is actualized now’ Alto it took Dogen two more years to ‘drop away body and mind’ and come to the great realisation of wholeness. Then he understood fully in body and mind that from the very beginning wholeness is the fundamental reality for all beings. That in fact every form of life is an all-inclusive manifestation of ‘original wholeness’ it’s only our dualistic thinking that prevents us from knowing our complete and original self.As a result Dogen spent the rest of his lifetime teaching and writing so that others might also clarify the great matter of birth and death. In this volume the translators allow us to walk with Dogen as one of lives great teachers and allow us to discover Dogen as a true companion.the village I finally reachdeeper than the deep mountainsindeedthe capitalwhere I used to live Eihei Dogen (1200 – 1253)( … )We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time( … )The Little Gidding is the last of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets

  • Barry Wightman
    2019-05-07 13:43

    "Like the sun illuminating and refreshing the world, this sitting (meditation) removes obscurities from the mind and lightens the body so that exhaustion is set aside."Try it for a few years, see how it goes.Recommended.

  • J. Maximilian Jarrett II
    2019-05-22 12:51

    Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. Enough for today.

  • Joyce
    2019-04-28 13:37

    One I will go back to repeatedly as I continue to practice.

  • Tony Poerio
    2019-04-22 12:58

    Dogen seems to be the essence of Zen teaching as we know it in the West. Sometimes it's hard to comprehend (and that's the point), but Dogen makes it more poetic than most others, probably because he's the original source. One of Dogen's ideas (at least as I'm interpreting it) that really stuck with me is this: When you sit down and meditate, during that time period of time and it alone, you've found and are experiencing enlightenment. Nothing is more simple than this. To find Enlightenment, meditate, and your Enlightenment will last as long as your are sitting there, still, with a calm mind. So the fact that we meditate means we've found enlightenment, even though we're meditating trying to find Enlightenment and the whole thing quickly becomes recursive and impossible to explain, like most things Zen. But still a mind-bending idea, even though I'm typing up this review quickly and explaining it badly.The take-away: read Dogen, he's one of the greatest thinkers in history whose teachings were recorded, and it's worth your time.

  • Jonn
    2019-05-02 12:36

    This isn't really a book that you finish, but one you can (and will) keep coming back to. A solid and accessible primer on Dogen's writing and way of thinking, Kaz Tanahashi and Peter Levitt organize passages, stories, and poems into themed chapters, which makes it great as a carry-around collection that you can open to any page on the train and read a bit. Starting with this is much easier than starting off with the full Shobogenzo, though I would recommend reading Brad Warner's "Sit Down and Shut Up" if you're totally new to Dogen, as it can be useful to have a guide to ease you into his way of thinking so that it doesn't get too confusing. There's even bits of this that, while short and poetic, are very confounding, but even with those, there's still many parts that really resonate. Worth the purchase.

  • Kelly McCubbin
    2019-04-23 16:45

    This is a really hard book for me to rank because it's a bit beyond me. There's a lot of wonderful stuff and a lot of stuff that skittered across my brain like mercury on porcelain. I understand that Dogen's technique is to often deliberately shake up your monkey mind and keep it from taking the easy conclusions, and in a large way this works, but there's more to this than I certainly gleaned at a first pass and, at times, I found it frustrating. At times, also, I found it laugh out loud funny. And, at times, it resonated wonderfully... "When mountains and waters are painted, blue, green, and red paints are used, strange rocks and wondrous stones are used, the four jewels and the seven treasures are used. Rice-cakes are painted in the same manner."Worthwhile, probably more so than I even understand, but not simple.

  • Koit
    2019-04-28 12:56

    I found this a very insightful introduction into Dogen and his writings, but that doesn't mean it was necessarily easy to follow -- something which I generally ascribe to the nature of zazen writings though it must be said that Dogen's stance on not appreciating koans is something I share. I also verily appreciated the general historic background this work provided into the development of the teachings of Shakyamuni.

  • Andy
    2019-05-10 14:45

    Far more approachable than most titles about Dogen. It summaries his writings more than explaining them and is in general a superquick read of his poetry. It was not the historical book I have been searching for but it was a good mind reset when needed.

  • Chaz
    2019-05-17 09:43

    Read of a lifetime, of several lifetimes. Good companion to my zen practice. A challenge to understand this ancient and yet, somehow, post-modern poet. I mean just that, not being facetious. He could very well be writing today; but of course he is in a sense.

  • Peter Gross
    2019-05-06 11:47

    A treasure chest of poetry, dialog, and stories by a great teacher.

  • Keroro
    2019-04-25 11:30

    Read it with great interest.

  • Joe Visconti
    2019-04-30 14:29

    Not too involved. gets to the basics of dogens teachings

  • Alex
    2019-05-19 15:52

    It's not really a bad book, but it's definitely hard to read. Dogen is, well... Dogen hehe

  • Ross Cohen
    2019-05-16 10:43

    Oddly organized. Too scattered to feel essential - like flowers plucked from their field.

  • Jerry Deyton
    2019-05-13 16:48

    I absolutely cant get enough koans in my day...This definitely satisfied my need of not needing any of these illogical teachings....