Engaging Dogen's Zen

How are the teachings of a thirteenth-century master relevant today? Twenty contemporary writers unpack Dogen’s words and show how we can still find meaning in his teachings.



296 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614292548

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ISBN 9781614292692

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“A rich and invaluable collection reflecting Dogen’s unique wisdom.”—Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 15:31 -- wisdom
Engaging Dōgen’s Zen is a practice-oriented study of Shushogi (a canonical distillation of Dōgen’s thought used as a primer in the Sōtō School of Zen) and Fukanzazengi (Dōgen’s essential text on the practice of “just sitting,” a text recited daily in the Sōtō School of Zen). It is also a study of the entire self. Here, the principles of Sōtō Zen practice are unpacked and explained by leading contemporary Buddhists from the living tradition—monks, priests, academics, and community teachers. Tackling Dōgen’s approach to key issues, such as the preeminence of shikantaza, universal buddha nature, and what it means to be a Mahāyāna Buddhist, the contributors to the volume help Zen practitioners and any who are trying to deepen their lives to appreciate better the teachings of Sōtō Zen and make these teachings part of their lives. By revisiting what remains precious in Shushogi and Fukanzazengi, we let them breathe just as we learn to breathe in zazen. We find that Sōtō practice not only engages Dōgen and Sakyamuni, but all of our sisters and brothers, and indeed the great earth itself.