The Early Period

Steven Heine

in Did Dogen Go to China?

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305708
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784776 | DOI:
 The Early Period

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This chapter explores the first stage or period of Dōgen’s career. This period covers his initial training in China with Master Ju-ching to his return to Japan to establish authentic Sung style practice. The period has two sub-periods. The first is the “early early” sub-period (1223-1227), which covers his travels to the Five Mountains region of China and experience of shinjin datsuraku, which are examined for a critical understanding of the impact on Chinese Ch’an on Dōgen’s entire career development. The second or “late early” sub-period (1227-1233) began when Dōgen returned to Japan. It includes his first few years at Kenninji temple and then at Fukakusa beginning in 1230, and his composition of the Bendōwa. The history and conversion of the Daruma School and its founder, Nōnin, are also discussed.

Keywords: Bendōwa; Daruma School; Eisai; Five Mountains; Ju-ching; Nōnin; shinjin datsuraku

Chapter.  18276 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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