Dogen and the Koan Tradition: A Tale of Two Shobogenzo Texts

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SUNY Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 329 pages
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This book has three major goals in critically examining the historical and philosophical relation between the writings of Dogen and the Zen koan tradition. First, it introduces and evaluates recent Japanese scholarship concerning Dogen's two Shobogenzo texts, the Japanese (Kana) collection of ninety-two fascicles on Buddhist topics and the Chinese (Mana) collection of three hundred koan cases also known as the Shobogenzo Sanbyakusoku. Second, it develops a new methodology for clarifying the development of the koan tradition and the relation between intellectual history and multifarious interpretations of koan cases based on postmodern literary criticism. Third, the book's emphasis on a literary critical methodology challenges the conventional reading of koans stressing the role of psychological impasse culminating in silence.
 

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Contents

Text and Untext On the Significance of Koans
3
Postmodernism and Zen Discourse
14
Satori Dialogues in Relation to Sung Zen Genres
21
Multiple Implications of the Term Koan
38
Significance of the Koan as a Zen Symbol
43
Textuality and Untextuality
59
Mythology and Demythology The Aporetics of Koan Studies
65
Nishitanis View of SelfSurpassing Zen
69
The Two Shobogenzo Texts
149
Narratology and Tropology Skin Flesh Bones Marrow Marrow Bones Flesh Skin
159
SECTION A Skin Flesh Bones Marrow
163
On the Formation of Zen Genres
174
Roots and Branches
182
SECTION B Marrow Bones Flesh Skin
198
The Elements of a Tropological Interpretation
200
Dogens KS Text in Comparison with Koanroku Texts
216

Five Main Aporetics of Zen Studies
72
The Function of Literary Criticism
81
The Koan as Religious Symbol
87
Discourse Analysis in Dogen and Koan Studies
96
Interpretive Studies
101
Inter and IntraTextuality A Tale of Two Shobogenzo Texts
103
Conventional View of Dogen and the Koan Tradition
106
Rethinking the Conventional View
123
Contrasting Dogen and Tahui
135
Does the Koan Have BuddhaNature?
237
Translations of Kana Shobogenzo Fascicles
243
On the Mana Shobogenzo
257
Glossary of SinoJapanese Terms Names and Titles
277
Notes
289
Bibliography
311
Index
323
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Steven Heine is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is author of Existential and Ontological Dimensions of Time in Heidegger and Dogen and editor of Masao Abe's A Study of Dogen: His Philosophy and Religion, both published by SUNY Press. He has also written A Blade of Grass: Japanese Poetry and Aesthetics in Dogen Zen and A Dream within a Dream: Studies in Japanese Thought.

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