Dogen's Extensive Record: A Translation of the Eihei Koroku

Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen grasp who based the japanese Soto university of Zen, is popular as one of many world's so much awesome spiritual thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen completely transforms the language of Zen, utilizing it in novel and terribly appealing how you can aspect to every little thing very important within the non secular life.

He is understood for 2 significant works. the 1st paintings, the big Shobogenzo (Treasury of the real Dharma Eye), represents his early teachings and exists in myriad English translations; the second one paintings, the Eihei Koroku, is a set of all his later teachings, together with brief formal discourses to the clergymen education at his temple, longer casual talks, and koans along with his commentaries, in addition to brief appreciatory verses on numerous themes. The Shobogenzo has got huge, immense cognizance in Western Zen and Western Zen literature, and with the booklet of this watershed quantity, the Eihei Koroku would certainly upward push to commensurate stature.

Dogen's huge Record is the first-ever whole and scholarly translation of this enormous paintings into English and this variation is the 1st time it's been on hand in paperback. This variation comprises broad and particular learn and annotation by way of students, translators and Zen academics Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, in addition to forewords by means of the eighteenth-century poet-monk Ryokan and Tenshin Reb Anderson, former abbot of the San Francisco Zen heart - plus introductory essays from Dogen student Steven Heine, and the well known, past due American Zen grasp John Daido Loori.

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Forty-one The returns and departures of Tettsū Gikai to and from Eiheiji, that can have given upward push to speculations approximately clash, simply might have been because of own matters, instead of any intended ideological dispute. The lineage of Kangan Giin (1217-1300), dependent within the Southern eastern island of Kyushu, grew to become so powerful from the fourteenth to 17th centuries as to vie with Eiheiji in prominence. The exaggerated biographies produced in the course of that interval make actual wisdom approximately many information of Giin’s lifestyles doubtful. sooner than becoming a member of Dōgen, Giin have been a Tendai monk and was once attached with the Daruma shū. he's acknowledged to have joined Dōgen at Kōshōji in 1241, even though it is feasible that he arrived at Eiheiji in basic terms numerous years earlier than Dōgen’s demise. Giin finally obtained Dharma transmission from Koun Ejō. He traveled to China from 1264 to 1267, even though a few files declare that he additionally had visited China from 1253 to 1254, after Dōgen’s demise. within the 1260s Giin confirmed a replica of Eihei Kōroku to Wuwai Yiyuan (n. d. ), one of many major disciples of Dōgen’s instructor Tiantong Rujing. Wuwai chosen lower than 10 percentage of Eihei Kōroku for an abridged model, Eihei Dōgen Zenji Goroku, which was once released at Eiheiji in 1358. (Here goroku capacity “recorded sayings,” in preference to kōroku, “extensive list. ”) After his go back from China in 1267, Kangan Giin based a Sōtō lineage in Kyushu, dependent on the temple Daijiji. His disciples, prominently together with many nuns, engaged in a number of conventional eastern Buddhist practices besides zazen. Giin won acceptance and robust patronage partially for sponsoring and arranging a variety of public works tasks, together with a bridge over the harmful Midori River. forty two Giin’s lineage flourished overdue into the 17th century and nonetheless has a few successors at the present time. Keizan Jōkin (1264 or 1268-1325), occasionally thought of the second one founding father of Sōtō Zen after Dōgen, used to be formally Tettsū Gikai’s successor, yet he additionally had studied with Koun Ejō, Gien, and Jakuen, additional demonstrating the standard and impression of the variety of Dōgen’s trainees, and the compatibility in their teachings. Keizan based Sōjiji, nonetheless thought of the second one headquarters temple of Sōtō besides Eiheiji. His successors popularized Sōtō Zen all through northern and vital Japan, and nearly all of the present Sōtō tuition is from Keizan’s line. This short survey of the later accomplishments of influential disciples of Dōgen highlights the significance of Dōgen’s education, that may most sensible be discerned via examine of the lessons of Eihei Kōroku that all of them obtained. yet a couple of different disciples of Dōgen pointed out in Eihei Kōroku are worthy discussing. different Disciples between different disciples pointed out in Eihei Kōroku, so much noteworthy is Sōkai (1216-1242), who's acknowledged to have got Dharma transmission from Dōgen at Kōshōji in addition to Koun Ejō and Senne. Dharma corridor discourses 111 and 112 are Dōgen’s laments after Sōkai’s early loss of life at Kōshōji. Sōkai should have been vastly liked one of the meeting, as Dōgen notes their profuse weeping, and likewise says of himself that “tears fill my breast like an overflowing lake.

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