Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist

Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist

Hee-Jin Kim

Eihei Dogen, the founding father of the japanese department of the Soto Zen Buddhist tuition, is taken into account one of many world's such a lot striking non secular philosophers. Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist is a finished advent to the genius of this significant philosopher. This thirteenth-century determine has a lot to coach us all and the questions that drove him have regularly been on the center of Buddhist practice.

At the age of 7, in 1207, Dogen misplaced his mom, who at her loss of life earnestly requested him to develop into a monastic to hunt the reality of Buddhism. we're instructed that during the midst of profound grief, Dogen skilled the impermanence of all issues as he watched the incense smoke ascending at his mother's funeral provider. This left an indelible effect upon the younger Dogen; later, he may emphasize again and again the intimate courting among the need for enlightenment and the notice of impermanence. His lifestyle wouldn't be a sentimental flight from, yet a compassionate figuring out of, the insupportable fact of existence.

At age thirteen, Dogen obtained ordination at Mt. Hiei. And but, a query arose: "As I learn either the exoteric and the esoteric faculties of Buddhism, they retain that humans are endowed with Dharma-nature by means of beginning. if so, why did the buddhas of every age - unquestionably in ownership of enlightenment - locate it essential to search enlightenment and have interaction in religious practice?" whilst it turned transparent that nobody on Mt. Hiei may provide a passable solution to this religious challenge, he sought in different places, finally making the treacherous trip to China. This was once the genuine starting of a lifetime of relentless wondering, perform, and educating - an immensely inspiring contribution to the Buddhadharma.

As you may think, a e-book as formidable as Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist needs to be either academically rigorous and eminently readable to prevail. Professor Hee-Jim Kim's paintings is certainly either.

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