Did Dogen Go to China?: What He Wrote and When He Wrote It (Paperback)Steven Heine (author)
Paperback 316 Pages / Published: 29/06/2006
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Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Soto Zen sect in Japan, is especially known for introducing to Japanese Buddhism many of the texts and practices that he discovered in China. Heine reconstructs the context of Dogen's travels to and reflections on China by means of a critical look at traditional sources both by and about Dogen in light of recent Japanese scholarship. While many studies emphasize the unique features of Dogen's Japanese influences, this book calls attention to the way Chinese and Japanese elements were fused in Dogen's religious vision. It reveals many new materials and insights into Dogen's main writings, including the multiple editions of the Shobogenzo, and how and when this seminal text was created by Dogen and was edited and interpreted by his disciples. This book is the culmination of the author's thirty years of research on Dogen and provides the reader with a comprehensive approach to the master's life works and an understanding of the overall career trajectory of one of the most important figures in the history of Buddhism and Asian religious thought.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
"Did Dogen go to China? is a well-written piece of sound scholarship that fills a glaring lacuna in Dogen studies. Heine builds on his deep expertise of Dogen's life and work as well as of koan literature to tackle central issues in the hagiographical accounts of Dogen's life. He displays a solid knowledge of all relevant sources and rethinks Dogen's life in the context of the latest research. This volume constitutes an invaluable contribution to Dogen scholarship."-Gereon Kopf, author of Beyond Personal Identity: Dogen, Nishida and a Phenomenology of No-Self
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