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By Steven Heine

D?gen (1200-1253), the founding father of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is principally recognized for introducing to jap Buddhism a number of the texts and practices that he came across in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China via a severe examine conventional assets either through and approximately D?gen in mild of modern jap scholarship. whereas many stories emphasize the original positive factors of D?gen's eastern affects, this publication calls consciousness to the way in which chinese language and eastern parts have been fused in D?gen's spiritual imaginative and prescient. It unearths many new fabrics and insights into Dogen's major writings, together with the a number of versions of the Sh?b?genz?, and the way and while this seminal textual content used to be created by means of D?gen and used to be edited and interpreted by means of his disciples. This e-book is the end result of the author's thirty years of study on D?gen and offers the reader with a entire method of the master's existence works and an realizing of the general profession trajectory of 1 of an important figures within the background of Buddhism and Asian non secular thought.

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Then, Do¯gen determined to come to Mount T’ien-t’ung, and he may start summer time retreat there for the 1st time. He instantly left Mount Ching. 36 At this aspect within the conventional account, the debatable matters concerning courting and itinerary make it tough to pin down precisely the place and whilst Do¯gen used to be touring, specially because the narrative starts to contain extra out-ofthe-ordinary reports following the arhat episode. 3 desires guided Do¯gen to discover the last word instructor, Ju-ching. the 1st dream used to be informed by way of Yu¨antzu at Mount Ta-mei and used to be saved mystery until eventually it used to be ultimately disclosed by means of Do¯gen in Sho¯bo¯genzo¯ “Shisho” in 1241. in accordance with this account, Do¯gen had an in a single day remain at Hu-sheng monastery on Mount Ta-mei on his as far back as Mount T’ien-t’ung from Mount T’ien-t’ai. A key query is, how did he get from Mount Ching, the place he met the arhat, to Mount T’ien-t’ai? was once it by means of land or via sea? This final query turns into urgent, because the sea direction conception will require journeys to Mount Ching. In a few money owed, the outdated monk on the Arhat corridor recommends Ju-ching after Do¯gen has discovered of Wu-chi’s demise within the past due summer season or fall of 1224, even supposing at the moment Do¯gen wouldn't have discovered that Ju-ching might quickly be appointed abbot of Mount T’ien-t’ung, and he used to be it appears no longer wanting to try yet one more new temple. as a minimum, the Mount Ta-mei patriarch passed Do¯gen a department of plum blossoms as the patriarch had had a dream during which a grasp whom he speculated to be the disciple of Ma-tsu, who based the monastery, advised him to provide a plum tree twig to an actual seeker who may come via boat to check in China. That evening, Do¯gen stories, he additionally had a magical dream during which the unique Mount Ta-mei patriarch passed him a department of blooming blossoms that have been greater than a foot in diameter as mirrored within the patriarch’s reflect, that's “the foremost of instruments,” and Do¯gen takes this to be the plant life of the udambara (udonge). 37 The 3rd dream happened, Do¯gen realized, whilst the evening sooner than his go back to Mount T’ien-t’ung within the fourth month of 1225, the place Ju-ching have been put in as abbot for nearly a month, the chinese language grasp dreamed that Tung-shan seemed within the type of a reincarnation. 38 the early interval 117 one other episode with supernatural implications is Do¯gen’s account within the “Bussho¯” fascicle of a imaginative and prescient of the around complete moon at Mount A-yu¨-wang temple whereas he used to be photographs of the 33 patriarchs. This part of the fascicle follows a long philosophical dialogue of an anecdote within the Ching-te ch’uan-teng lu vol. 1, within which Nagarjuna manifests because the moon. Do¯gen says that “in former days, whereas touring as a cloud,” he went to Mount A-yu¨-wang within the first 12 months of his trip to China, but if he observed the work, he didn't comprehend the that means and no-one was once on hand to provide an explanation for it. 39 Then he again to this web site approximately years later, in the course of the summer season retreat of 1225, it seems that a little while after his enlightenment adventure below Ju-ching.

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