"This is a gem of a booklet that succeeds in conveying the heat and compassion of 1 of Buddhism's nice towering figures." (The center manner: magazine of the Buddhist Society)
"Leighton and Okumura have rendered Dogen's dense and idiosyncratic language in transparent, energetic, and interesting English. this can be no small accomplishment. All readers will gain drastically from this notable contribution to the learn of Dogen and Zen Buddhism." (Philosophy East & West)
"This great paintings might be a necessary asset not only for college kids of the Zen instructor Dogen (1200-1253), yet for all scholars of Zen and Buddhism as a rule. briefly, Leighton and Okumura's translation of Dogen's huge list is a invaluable contribution to the starting to be physique of Zen literature to be had in English. It permits Western readers to find a brand new aspect of Dogen, the part he awarded to his personal scholars every day. it is going to gift cautious study." (William M. Bodiford, in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly)
"The many hours of committed paintings [that produced the e-book] might be a lot preferred 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 by way of 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 various variety during this choice of Dogen's later teachings." (Steven Heine, Director, Institute of Asian reports; 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 half Dogen's instructing. We owe an excellent debt to Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura for this enormous translation, a hard work of affection and a beneficiant supplying to those that decide to wander past the overwhelmed path." (Inquiring Mind)
About the Author
Eihei Dogen based the japanese Soto college of Zen, and is popular as one of many world's so much 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 history, he was once ordained a monk within the jap Tendai institution in his early children, yet turned 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 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, till his disorder and loss of life in 1253, he expert a center staff 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 religious practitioners. His significant, great works are Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury) and Eihei Koroku (Dogen's large Record). even though now not 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, bought 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 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 artistic Inquiry, Faces of Compassion: vintage Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their smooth Expression, and Visions of Awakening area and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra. He has edited and co-translated numerous Zen texts together with: Dogen's huge 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 means, 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 university, the California Institute of necessary reviews, and in Chicago at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and Loyola collage Chicago. Taigen has lengthy been lively 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 middle, 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 commencing the Hand of idea. 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, established in Bloomington, Indiana, the place he lives together with his family.
John Daido Loori was once, till his dying in 2009, the religious chief and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, long island. expert in koan Zen in addition to within the sophisticated tuition of grasp Dogen's Zen, he was once the Dharma inheritor of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. dedicated to holding actual Zen education, he constructed a particular kind, known as the 8 Gates of Zen, in keeping with 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 viewpoint of a typical historical past. His books comprise Mountain checklist of Zen Talks and the guts of Being.
Steven Heine is an expert on eastern faith and society, specially the historical past of Zen Buddhism and the existence 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. for the reason that then, he has endured to perform on the San Francisco Zen heart, the place he served as abbot from 1986 to 1995 and is now a senior dharma instructor. Anderson Roshi lectures and leads retreats world wide, 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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9) The power gained through success in the sciences, a power of flying, bringing about various illusions, etc. , when one overcomes lust through renunciation, or even everyday efforts such as making a cart, etc. (E322-341; T420-445) It is now explained how the monk gains these powers. He must obtain the four stages, the four footings, the eight footings, the sixteen roots, and then he establishes himself in knowledge. The four stages are the four meditative levels. The four footings are those bases which involve respectively zealous-striving, concentration due to desire, energy, and inquiry.
But this is to put it in extreme terms--meditation on any of these should suppress greed, etc. (E92-94; T118-121) The procedures to be followed in seeking, receiving and practising meditation on any one of these forty topics is outlined. Chapter 4: Description of the Earth Meditative Kasina (E95-99; T122-126) The meditator should go to a favorable abode. Eighteen defects of unfavorable abodes are described--too large, too new, dilapidated, too busy, etc. A favorable abode is one that is accessible but not too near; little frequented; free of physical distractions like wind, sun, flies; where food, lodging, robes, alms and medicine are available; where elder monks who are capable of explaining the meaning about which one is puzzled live.
1) a priori (phrvavat), (2) a posteriori (śesavat), and (3) commonly seen (sāmānyatodŗsta). The respective examples are: on seeing a cloud one infers that there will be rain; and on seeing a man move from one place to another, one infers that the sun, which rises in the east and sets in the west, must have moved. g. in the discussion as to whether there will be rain tomorrow one may appropriately speak of the condition of the sky of the previous day. (7) The fallacies signify reasons which are derived from an imperfect perception, inference, or comparison, or which deviate from the scripture.
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