"This is a gem of a publication that succeeds in conveying the heat and compassion of 1 of Buddhism's nice towering figures." (The heart manner: magazine of the Buddhist Society)
"Leighton and Okumura have rendered Dogen's dense and idiosyncratic language in transparent, vigorous, and fascinating English. this can be no small accomplishment. All readers will profit tremendously from this striking contribution to the research of Dogen and Zen Buddhism." (Philosophy East & West)
"This large paintings should be a beneficial asset not only for college kids of the Zen instructor Dogen (1200-1253), yet for all scholars of Zen and Buddhism typically. in brief, Leighton and Okumura's translation of Dogen's broad list is a beneficial contribution to the starting to be physique of Zen literature to be had in English. It permits Western readers to find a brand new part of Dogen, the part he provided 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 committed paintings [that produced the booklet] might 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 figuring out Dogen within the West, [with] Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura's translation of the Eihei Koroku popping out. individuals are going to determine a wholly varied type during this selection of Dogen's later teachings." (Steven Heine, Director, Institute of Asian reviews; co-author of Buddhism within the sleek international, within the forum-style article, "Understanding Dogen," in Buddhadharma)
"This new and hefty quantity represents the [previously unseen] different half Dogen's educating. We owe a superb debt to Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura for this huge translation, a exertions of affection and a beneficiant delivering to people who decide to wander past the crushed path." (Inquiring Mind)
About the Author
Eihei Dogen based the japanese Soto college of Zen, and is popular as one of many world's such a lot notable non secular thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen totally transforms the language of Zen, utilizing it in novel and terribly attractive methods in his voluminous writings. Born in 1200 to an aristocratic heritage, he was once ordained a monk within the jap Tendai college in his early youngsters, yet grew to become upset with jap Buddhism. After touring in China from 1223 to 1227, he lower back to introduce to Japan the Soto lineage and the big physique of Chan educating 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, till his ailment and loss of life in 1253, he proficient a center crew of clergymen who unfold Soto Zen through the eastern geographical region. Dogen's writings are famous for his or her poetic and philosophic intensity, even though aimed toward non secular practitioners. His significant, gigantic works are Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury) and Eihei Koroku (Dogen's wide Record). even if now not studied for lots of centuries other than Soto students, nowa days Dogen's writings, via translation, became a big a part of the unfold of Buddhism within the West.
Taigen Dan Leighton, Soto Zen priest and successor within the Suzuki Roshi lineage, got Dharma Transmission in 2000 from Reb Anderson Roshi and is Dharma instructor at historical Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago. After dwelling for years at San Francisco Zen heart 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 glossy 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 vast checklist: 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 manner, 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 crucial experiences, and in Chicago at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and Loyola college 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 collage 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 foreign middle in San Francisco. His formerly released books of translation contain Shobogenzo Zuimonki, Dogen Zen, Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo, and establishing the Hand of suggestion. Okumura can also be editor of Dogen Zen and Its Relevance for Our Time and SotoZen. he's the founding instructor of the Sanshin Zen group, dependent in Bloomington, Indiana, the place he lives along with his family.
John Daido Loori was once, until eventually his demise in 2009, the non secular chief and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, big apple. educated in koan Zen in addition to within the refined institution of grasp Dogen's Zen, he was once the Dharma inheritor of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. dedicated to retaining real Zen education, he built a particular variety, known as the 8 Gates of Zen, according to the noble eightfold course. Drawing on his historical past as scientist, artist, naturalist, and Zen priest, Abbot Loori used to be an American grasp who spoke on to scholars from the point of view of a standard heritage. His books comprise Mountain checklist of Zen Talks and the guts of Being.
Steven Heine is an expert on eastern faith and society, in particular the heritage 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. considering 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 worldwide, 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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You can call it whatever you like, for the sake of conventional reality. But you must understand this point properly. This is very important. If we didn’t make use of conventional reality we wouldn’t have any words or concepts with which to consider actual reality ? Dhamma. This is very important to understand. Q: What degree of tranquillity are you talking about at this stage? And what quality of mindfulness is needed? A: You don’t need to go thinking like that. If you didn’t have the right amount of tranquillity you wouldn’t be able to deal with these questions at all.
It is what it is ? the mind is the mind ? it’s not anything or anybody in itself. Happiness is just happiness, suffering is just suffering ? it is just what it is. When you see this you will be beyond doubt. Q: I still don’t understand. Is true contemplating the same as thinking? A: We use thinking as a tool, but the knowing that arises because of its use is above and beyond the process of thinking; it leads to our not being fooled by our thinking any more. You recognize that all thinking is merely the movement of the mind, and also that knowing is not born and doesn’t die.
Finish with everything! There is nothing worth wanting! It’s all just a load of trouble. When you see clearly like this then everything is finished. Q: Could we not call it the ‘Original Mind’? A: You can call it that if you insist. You can call it whatever you like, for the sake of conventional reality. But you must understand this point properly. This is very important. If we didn’t make use of conventional reality we wouldn’t have any words or concepts with which to consider actual reality ?