Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo

This enormous paintings is taken into account to be the most profound expressions of Zen knowledge ever positioned on paper, and in addition the exceptional literary and philosophical paintings of Japan. it's a number of essays through Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), founding father of Zen’s Soto college.

Kazuaki Tanahashi and a crew of translators that signify a Who’s Who of yankee Zen have produced a translation of the good paintings that mixes accuracy with a deep figuring out of Dogen’s voice and literary presents. This quantity contains a wealth of fabrics to assist figuring out, together with maps, lineage charts, a bibliography, and an exhaustive thesaurus of names and terms—and, as an advantage, the main popular of all Dogen’s essays, “Recommending Zazen to All People.”

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This used to be a educating I had by no means visible sooner than. At that second the buddha ancestors had invisibly spoke back to my want and helped me, a descendant of theirs. I had by no means been moved loads. whilst elder Zongyue used to be filling the placement of head monk at Mount Tiantong, he confirmed me a rfile of history of the Yunmen lineage. The identify of the instructor giving the record of historical past and the names of a few Indian and all chinese language ancestors have been written part via part, and lower than that was once the identify of the individual receiving the rfile. The identify of this new ancestor used to be at once attached to these of the buddha ancestors. for that reason, the entire names of the greater than 40 ancestors from the Tathagata are joined including the identify of the recent inheritor. It used to be as if every one of them had given history to the inheritor. Mahakashyapa, Ananda, and others have been coated up simply as in different lineages. I requested Zongyue, the pinnacle monk, “Reverend, there's a few distinction one of the 5 colleges within the association of names at the files of history. Why is that so? If it got here at once from India, why is there any such distinction? ” Zongyue stated, “Even if there's a huge distinction, simply take into account that buddhas of Mount Yunmen are like this. For what cause is Venerable Shakyamuni respected? he's respected for his awakening of how. For what cause is superb grasp Yunmen respected? he's respected for his awakening of ways. ” Upon listening to those phrases, I had a few realizing. people who are heads of the big monasteries in Jiangsu and Zhenjiang provinces now are typically heirs of the Linji, Yunmen, and Dongshan lineages. yet between scholars, really between those that name themselves descendants of Linji, a few intend wrongdoing. often these learning locally of a grasp request a scroll of the master’s portrait and a scroll of his dharma phrases which will arrange to fulfill the traditional requirement of dharma historical past. yet those fellows ask the attendants of masters for dharma phrases and pics, and acquire and conceal a lot of them. once they are previous they bribe public officers to get a temple and carry the abbot’s seat with no need bought dharma from the masters whose dharma phrases and graphics they bought. in its place, they obtain dharma from the recognized masters of the time or from the masters who've given dharma background to retainers of the king. They covet popularity with no regard to achieving dharma. What a pity that there are such crooked conduct at this depraved time of decayed educating! no longer even a kind of fellows has ever dreamed of ways of buddha ancestors. Now, the masters’ dharma phrases or images also are given to teachers of scripture colleges in addition to lay women and men. they're even given to employees within the monasteries or to retailers. this can be obvious through the documents of assorted masters. in lots of situations, priests who're now not certified eagerly hope facts of dharma history and ask for a scroll of calligraphy. even if their academics are distressed via this, they reluctantly absorb the comb. In such instances the trainer doesn't persist with the normal layout, yet writes merely that the individual has studied with him.

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