Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

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Macmillan, 1985 - Philosophy - 356 pages

Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), among the first to transmit Zen Buddhism from China to Japan and founder of the important Soto School, was not only a profoundly influential and provocative Zen philosopher but also one of the most stimulating figures in Japanese letters.

Kazuaki Tanahashi, collaborating with several other Zen authorities, has produced sensitive and accurate translations of Dogen's most important texts. Moon in a Dewdrop contains the key essays of the great master, as well as extensive background materials that will help Western readers to approach this significant work. There is also a selection of Dogen's poetry, most of which has not appeared in English translation before.

Dogen's thought runs counter to conventional logic, employing paradoxical language and startling imagery. It illuminates such fundamental concerns as the nature of time, existence, life, death, the self, and what is beyond self.

 

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Much of the later chapters were a bit esoteric. Seeing plum blossoms as eyes awakening was a nice way to welcome Spring this year. Read full review

Contents

Rules for Zazen Zazengi 8 8 8 8
29
Guidelines for Studying the Way Gakudo Yōjinshū
44
Actualizing the Fundamental Point Genjö Kõan 8 8 8 8 8
69
Undivided Activity Zenki
84
Mountains and Waters Sūtra Sansuikyo
97
Spring and Autumn Shunjū
108
Plum Blossoms Baika
114
Everyday Activity Kajo
124
Twining Vines Katto
168
Facetoface Transmission Menju
175
Buddha Ancestors Busso
184
AllInclusive Study Henzan
197
Going beyond Buddha Bukkojoji
203
Waka Poems
213
Reading the Record of Eihei Dögen by Ryokan
223
Maps
231

Painting of a Ricecake Gabyo
134
On the Endeavor of the Way Bendōwa
143
Only Buddha and Buddha Yuibutsu Yobutsu
161
NOTES
241
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
255
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Kazuaki Tanahashi's publications include Penetrating Laughter: Hakuin's Zen and Art, Enku: Sculptor of a Hundred Thousand Buddhas, and Japanese Design Motifs.

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