Did Dogen Go to China?: What He Wrote and When He Wrote It

Did Dogen Go to China?: What He Wrote and When He Wrote It

Steven Heine


D?gen (1200-1253), the founding father of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is mainly identified for introducing to eastern Buddhism a number of the texts and practices that he found in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China by way of a severe examine conventional assets either by way of and approximately D?gen in mild of modern eastern scholarship. whereas many reports emphasize the original beneficial properties of D?gen's eastern impacts, this booklet calls consciousness to the way in which chinese language and eastern parts have been fused in D?gen's spiritual imaginative and prescient. It finds 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 whilst this seminal textual content used to be created through D?gen and was once edited and interpreted via his disciples. This booklet is the fruits of the author's thirty years of study on D?gen and gives the reader with a finished method of the master's existence works and an realizing of the final profession trajectory of 1 of crucial figures within the heritage of Buddhism and Asian non secular thought.

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