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
29
Bodhisattvas Four Methods of Guidance Bodaisatta Shishoho
44
Actualizing the Fundamental Point Genjo Koan
69
Undivided Activity Zenki
84
Poetic Imagery
97
Plum Blossoms Baika
114
The Moon Tsuki
129
On the Endeavor of the Way Bendowa
143
Only Buddha and Buddha Yuibutsu Yobutsu
161
FacetoFace Transmission Menju
175
AllInclusive Study Henzan
197
Waka Poems
213
Lineage Charts of Chinese Zen Masters
234
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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