Do-gen’s Approach to Training in <i>Eihei ko-roku</i>

Taigen Dan Leighton

in Dōgen

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754465
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932801 | DOI:
Do-gen’s Approach to Training in Eihei ko-roku

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This chapter considers several of the Dharma hall discourses that reveal key aspects of Dōgen's approach. In particular, it focuses on a detailed reading of one talk from 1248, which provides insight into how Dōgen saw major aspects of his own evolving teaching methods and their intended effects on his students. The selection of other Dharma hall discourses that are briefly considered in chronological order express additional significant features of Dōgen's teaching approach. These qualities include his emphasis on practice in everyday activity, the importance of ethical conduct, the bodhisattva context for his teaching, the unified mind developed in zazen, and the importance of the ongoing renewal of practice.

Keywords: Dōgen; Dharma hall discourses; teaching methods

Chapter.  6484 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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