Heart of Dogen's Shobogenzo, The
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: State University of New York Press
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This book offers annotated translations of eight key fascicles from ShÅbÅgenzÅ, the major work of DÅgen Kigen, 1200â1253, founder of Japanese SÅtÅ Zen. Among the fascicles translated are fourâBendÅwa, GenjÅkÅan, BusshÅ, and Ujiâthat the SÅtÅ school has regarded as representing the heart of the entire collection. ...
1. Fukanzazengi (Universal Promotion of the Principles of Zazen)
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Fukanzazengi is DÅgenâs first work. It was written in 1227, the year he returned from China. It is influenced by and in many ways resembles a number of similar tracts on zazen that existed in China, such as the one by tenth-century priest Chang-lu Tsung-tse. All are composed in a highly rhetorical, easily memorized ...
2. BendÅwa (Negotiating the Way)
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BendÅwa, the second work DÅgen wrote after his return from China, is a treatise on zazen practice as the âright entranceâ to the Dharma. A colophon states that it was âwritten mid-autumn [the fifteen day of the eighth month], the third year of Kangi , by Shamon DÅgen, a Dharma-transmitter who has travelled to China.â ...
3. Ikka MyÅju (One Bright Pearl)
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The colophon attached to the fascicle states that it was âdelivered at KannondÅri KÅshÅ-hÅrin-ji, Uji, YÅshÅ« , the eighteenth day of the fourth month, fourth year of Katei .â YÅshÅ« is an old name for the Yamashiro region where the capital Kyoto was located, so called after the Yung-chou district of ancient China. ...
4. GenjÅkÅan (Manifesting Suchness)
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GenjÅkÅan was the second fascicle of ShÅbÅgenzÅ to be written. According to its colophon, it was written in mid-autumn [the eighth month], the first year of Tempuku , for a lay disciple named YÅkÅshÅ« of Chinzei (an alternate name for Kyushu), about whom nothing else is known. It has been conjectured ...
5. Uji (Being-Time)
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Uji was written at the beginning of winter, the first year of Ninji , while DÅgen was teaching at the KÅshÅ-ji, south of Kyoto. It is one of the central fascicles of ShÅbÅgenzÅ, and one of the most difficult. In it, DÅgen investigates the normally highly abstract concept of time. Although the subject ...
6. BusshÅ (Buddha-Nature)
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BusshÅ was delivered at the KÅshÅ-ji in the tenth month of 1241. BusshÅ is the longest of the fascicles and came to be regarded in the SÅtÅ school, along with GenjÅkÅan and BendÅwa, as one of the three central fascicles of ShÅbÅgenzÅ. In it, DÅgen takes the central Mahayana Buddhism position that sentient ...
7. Sammai-Å-Zammai (The King of Samadhis Samadhi)
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According to a colophon attached to Sammai-Å-Zammai, it was delivered on the fifteenth day, the second month, the second year of Kangen  at KippÅshÅja [Yoshimine-dera] in the province of Echizen. The words Sammai-Å-Zammaii appear in Nagarjunaâs Ta chih tu lun: âIt is called the King of Samadhis Samadhi ...
8. ShÅji (Birth and Death)
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ShÅji, the shortest fascicle included in ShÅbÅgenzÅ, is undated and lacks a colophon. Although not included in DÅgenâs own recension of ShÅbÅgenzÅ, ShÅji is found in the SÅtÅ schoolâs official âHonzanâ edition. ShÅbÅgenzÅ ShÅji is, with ShÅbÅgenzÅ Zenki, one of two fascicles that deal specifically with the question of ...
9. Zazengi (The Principles of Zazen)
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For zazen, a quiet place is suitable. Lay a cushion of thick matting. Keep the precincts protected, not allowing drafts of air, mist, rain, or dew to enter. In the past, Shakyamuni sat upon a Diamond Seat.1 Others sat atop large, stable rocks. They all used matting of thick grasses. The place where you sit should ...
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Publication Year: 2002