By Masao Abe

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This is an interesting and significant selection of essays by means of Masao Abe at the works of the thirteenth century Zen grasp, Eihei Dogen, the founding father of Soto Zen in Japan.

Selected from over two decades of analysis and scholarship, the editor, Steve Heine, has performed a very good activity in formatting and outlining the paintings of this significant Dogen scholar.

Abe's paintings on Dogen (1200-1253) is moment simply to Hee-Jin Kim's crucial experiences. After Watsuji Tetsuro pried Dogen's paintings from sectarian concealment in 1926, the scholarly group, astounded via the intensity and wide nature with which this nice Zen grasp handled the philosophy, faith, and culture of Buddhism, were mining its treasures ever since.

These essay of Abe provide a few the main sophisticated gold, in addition to feedback for destiny examine. well known for his efforts in Christian/Buddhist and West/East dialogues, Abe deals the conventional view of Dogen's works, in addition to suggesting attainable parallel principles within the West.

This e-book deals experiences on quite a lot of Dogen's teachings, together with life/death, practice/enlightenment, the which means of Buddha Nature, and the character of Space/Time.

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8 At this point Dogen attained an awakening that overcame all the previous idealization, conceptualization, and objectification of the Dharma-nature. There was not even an inch of separation between the Dharma-nature and Dogen's existence. Dogen's statement "The practice of Zen is the casting off of body-mind" 9 implies that all possible idealization, conceptualization, and objectification engaged in concerning awakening and discipline, attainment and practice, since his study on Mt. Hiei are completely cast off through the bodymind of Dogen himself.

Further, the irreversibility between them is also overcome. At that point, that which is conditional is directly realized as the ground. " 16 In other words, at that point impermanence itself, which is strictly limited by time and space, is realized in its suchness as the Buddha-nature that is beyond time and space. Accordingly, resolution, practice, and becoming a buddha not only are occasions or conditions for attaining the Buddha-nature, but also come to have the meaning of original attainment, which must be the ground.

The Buddhanature is always manifested simultaneously with the attainment of Buddhahood. This truth should be deeply, deeply penetrated in concentrated practice. There has to be twenty or even thirty years of diligent Zen practice. 12 In the Great Way of buddhas and patriarchs there is always continuous practice which is supreme. It is the way which is circulating ceaselessly. There is not even the slightest gap between resolution, practice, enlightenment, and nirvana. The way of continuous practice is ever circulating.

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