Shōbōgenzo: Zen Essays by Dōgen by Dōgen, Thomas Cleary

By Dōgen, Thomas Cleary

A impressive selection of essays, Shôbôgenzô, "Treasury of the attention of actual Teaching," used to be composed within the 13th century via the Zen grasp Dôgen, founding father of the Sôtô Zen university in Japan. via its linguistic artistry and its philosophical subtlety, the Shôbôgenzô provides an intensive recasting of Buddhism with an inventive ingenuity that hasn't ever been matched within the next literature of eastern Zen. With this translation of 13 of the ninety-five essays, Thomas Cleary makes an attempt to express the shape in addition to the content material of Dôgen's writing, thereby protecting the instrumental constitution of the unique textual content. including pertinent statement, biography, and notes, those essays make obtainable to a much wider viewers a Zen vintage as soon as thought of the personal reserve of Sôtô clergymen and Buddhologists. Readers from many fields within the sciences and arts will locate themselves richly rewarded.

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Subsequently he imparted the treasury of the eye of true teaching to him.  2 This kind of interpretation is not the mystic study of the Buddha Way.

In terms of the doctrine of the interdependence of everything in the cosmos, as exemplified by the Kegon teaching, all things are a part of the existence of each and every thing and being.  Essence (emptiness of absolute identity) and characteristics (existence of relative identity) may be likened to two “halves” of the totality of all existence and the nature of things.  “Nonexistence of living beings” as emptiness of an absolute nature of “living beings” is the nature of things qua emptiness.

It is whole body Page 27 wisdom, whole other wisdom, whole self wisdom, whole east west south north wisdom.  This is attending and serving the Buddha, it is the Buddha of attendance and service. 1233 Glossary. Charity, morality, forbearance, vigor, meditation, wisdom: These are the so­called six perfections, or ways of transcendence, one of the basic formulations of Mahayana Buddhism. Earth, water, fire, air, space, consciousness: These are the “six elements” of which the universe is composed, according to the Shingon school; these elements are said to be the cosmic Buddha itself as well as the substance of all beings, and this is taken as a basic sense in which Buddha and sentient beings are one.

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