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The <i>Eihei kōroku</i>: The Record of Dōgen's Later Period at Eihei-ji Temple

Steven Heine

Edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright

in The Zen Canon

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150674
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150678.003.0009
 The Eihei kōroku: The Record of Dōgen's Later Period at Eihei-ji Temple

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This chapter examines the textual history and structure of the Eihei-ji koroku, one of the two primary texts produced by the famous Zen master, Dogen, founder of the Soto school of Zen in Japan. Although this text represents Dogen’s thought in his mature period, it has been the subject of far less interest than the well-known Shobogenzo. Both texts are composed mainly of sermons by Dogen interpreting Zen koans and other stories in the tradition. This essay analyzes how their styles differ, the Eihei-ji koroku in formal, Chinese format (kanbun) and the Shobogenzo in informal, vernacular style. Heine’s analysis seeks to uncover the various biographical and literary levels that permeate the text.

Keywords: Eihei koroku; Eihei-ji Temple; Dogen; Soto school; Shobogenzo; Zen koans; kanbun

Chapter.  11822 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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