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Did Dogen Go to China?

Steven Heine

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305708
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784776 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195305701.001.0001
Did Dogen Go to China?

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This book provides a comprehensive examination of the diverse writings of Dōgen (1200-1253), the founder of Sōtō (C. Ts’ao-tung) Zen Buddhism in Japan. Dōgen is especially known for introducing to Japanese Buddhism many of the texts and practices that he discovered in China. The context of Dōgen’s travels to and reflections on China are reconstructed by means of a critical look at traditional sources both by and about Dōgen. While many studies emphasize the unique features of Dōgen’s Japanese influences versus traditional Chinese models, this book calls attention to the fusion of Chinese and Japanese elements in Dōgen’s religious vision. It reveals many new materials and insights into Dōgen’s main writings, including the multiple editions of the Shōbōgenzō, and how and when this seminal text was created by Dōgen and edited and interpreted by his disciples. This book 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.

Keywords: Zen Buddhism; Daruma School; Dōgen; Eihei shingi; Eihei kōroku; Japanese Buddhism; Ju-ching; Shōbōgenzō; Shōbōgenzō zuimonki; Sōtō Zen

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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