Enlightenment unfolds : the essential teachings of Zen by Kazuaki Tanahashi

By Kazuaki Tanahashi

Dogen, the 13th-century Zen monk whose identify is now synonymous with early jap Zen, used to be approximately forgotten in Japan. basically within the final century and a part have his writings been released, and purely in contemporary a long time have they seemed in Western languages. each one of these concentrate on his lifestyles paintings, the Shobogenzo, choices of that are translated right here. Enlightenment Unfolds additionally includes money owed of Dogen's experiences in China, poems, directions on Zen perform, and casual talks together with his scholars. Enlightenment for Dogen used to be no longer anything that effects from perform yet is the perform itself. For these engaged in Zen perform, analyzing Enlightenment Unfolds may be labored seamlessly into that perform, with insights gleaned from day-by-day contemplation. Dogen is likely one of the few Zen priests to price the Zen literary culture, yet he by no means intended it to be become independent from perform. As with Moon in a Dewdrop, Tanahashi's past selection of Dogen's writings, we discover that really good awakenings take place in daily moments--and within the daily moments of examining this assortment, enlightenment certainly unfolds. --Brian Bruya

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He often uses the word zheng in Chinese or shō in Japanese many times in one sentence. ” Establishing authenticity in understanding and in the daily activities of a monastic community was one of Dōgen’s primary concerns as a thinker and teacher. ” A buddha, or one who embodies bodhi, is an awakened or enlightened one. In the Zen tradition Shākyamuni, the original teacher of Buddhism, is the main figure called the Buddha. A buddha can be understood as someone who experiences nirvāna and fully shares the experience with others.

As Myōzen’s company was getting ready to leave, his first teacher Myōyū became quite ill and asked him to stay. Myōzen gathered his students and asked for their opinions. All of them, including Dōgen, suggested that Myōzen stay. ”8 Thus, leaving the care of Myōyū to other students, Myōzen went ahead and obtained a travel permit from the Kamakura government. This permit was endorsed by the imperial office. Search in China Myōzen’s company, including Dōgen and two other disciples, left Japan from the Port of Hakata on Kyūshū Island in the second month of 1223.

In the fourth month of 1253, Dōgen asked the senior student Gikai about the last days of Ekan. The first Zen teacher of Ejō and Gikai, Ekan had joined Dōgen’s community twelve years before and had served as head monk of the Eihei Monastery, but he had died in 1251. Gikai said that Ekan had died with great regret as Dōgen had not given him the opportunity of seeing a document of dharma heritage. 48 Although Dōgen himself had seen and received documents of heritage in China, he had made it extremely difficult to receive or even to see such a document.

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