The Middle Period, Part I

Steven Heine

in Did Dogen Go to China?

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305708
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784776 | DOI:
 The Middle Period, Part I

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This chapter describes the second stage or middle period of Dōgen’s career, which covers the establishment of his first temple in Kyoto through the completion of his move to Echizen, and the initial explosion of literary productivity that features a rich variety of styles and themes composed in both kanbun and kana. Dōgen composed many works during the middle period, some of the most notable being Shōbōgenzō zuimonki, 75-Shōbōgenzō, Fukanzazengi, Mana Shōbōgenzō, Gakudōyōjinshū, and Genjōkōan. The period is characterized by intense creativity with jishu and jōdō styles coupled with the emergence of a partisan polemical standpoint in promoting the value of Ju-ching while denigrating the approaches of rival lineages. It encompassed the move to Echizen and all of the transitional modes this represented.

Keywords: 75-Shōbōgenzō; Fukanzazengi; Gakudōyōjinshū; Genjōkōan; jishu; jōdō; kanbun; kana; Mana Shōbōgenzō; Shōbōgenzō zuimonki

Chapter.  9904 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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