"This is a gem of a ebook that succeeds in conveying the heat and compassion of 1 of Buddhism's nice towering figures." (The center approach: magazine of the Buddhist Society)
"Leighton and Okumura have rendered Dogen's dense and idiosyncratic language in transparent, vigorous, and fascinating English. this is often no small accomplishment. All readers will profit significantly from this amazing contribution to the research of Dogen and Zen Buddhism." (Philosophy East & West)
"This huge paintings can be a precious asset not only for college kids of the Zen instructor Dogen (1200-1253), yet for all scholars of Zen and Buddhism regularly. briefly, Leighton and Okumura's translation of Dogen's vast checklist is a necessary contribution to the growing to be physique of Zen literature on hand in English. It permits Western readers to find a brand new facet of Dogen, the part he provided to his personal scholars every day. it is going to present cautious study." (William M. Bodiford, in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly)
"The many hours of devoted paintings [that produced the e-book] can be a lot liked by means of we all now and sooner or later who price Dogen's encouraged writing and talks." (Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center)
"This is an important time by way of realizing Dogen within the West, [with] Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura's translation of the Eihei Koroku popping out. everyone is going to determine a completely diverse type during this number of Dogen's later teachings." (Steven Heine, Director, Institute of Asian reports; co-author of Buddhism within the glossy international, within the forum-style article, "Understanding Dogen," in Buddhadharma)
"This new and hefty quantity represents the [previously unseen] different 1/2 Dogen's instructing. We owe a superb debt to Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura for this huge translation, a hard work of affection and a beneficiant supplying to those that decide to wander past the overwhelmed path." (Inquiring Mind)
About the Author
Eihei Dogen based the japanese Soto institution of Zen, and is well known as one of many world's such a lot extraordinary spiritual thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen completely transforms the language of Zen, utilizing it in novel and terribly attractive methods in his voluminous writings. Born in 1200 to an aristocratic heritage, he was once ordained a monk within the jap Tendai institution in his early teenagers, yet turned upset with eastern Buddhism. After touring in China from 1223 to 1227, he back to introduce to Japan the Soto lineage and the big physique of Chan instructing tales, or koans, which he had completely mastered. From 1233 to 1243 he taught close to the cultural capital of Kyoto, then in 1243 moved to the distant northern mountains and based the temple Eiheiji, nonetheless one of many headquarter temples of Soto Zen. There, until eventually his affliction and loss of life in 1253, he educated a center crew of clergymen who unfold Soto Zen during the jap nation-state. Dogen's writings are famous for his or her poetic and philosophic intensity, notwithstanding aimed toward non secular practitioners. His significant, vast works are Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury) and Eihei Koroku (Dogen's broad Record). even though no longer studied for plenty of centuries apart from Soto students, nowa days Dogen's writings, via translation, became an immense a part of the unfold of Buddhism within the West.
Taigen Dan Leighton, Soto Zen priest and successor within the Suzuki Roshi lineage, obtained Dharma Transmission in 2000 from Reb Anderson Roshi and is Dharma instructor at historical Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago. After living for years at San Francisco Zen heart and Tassajara monastery, Taigen additionally practiced for 2 years in Kyoto, Japan. Taigen is writer of Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of inventive Inquiry, Faces of Compassion: vintage Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their glossy Expression, and Visions of Awakening area and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra. He has edited and co-translated numerous Zen texts together with: Dogen's large list: A Translation of Eihei Koroku, Cultivating the Empty box: The Silent Illumination of Zen grasp Hongzhi, Dogen's natural criteria for the Zen group, and The Wholehearted means, and has contributed to many different books and journals. Taigen teaches on-line at Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, from the place he has a PhD. He has taught at different universities together with Saint Mary's university, the California Institute of critical reviews, and in Chicago at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and Loyola college Chicago. Taigen has lengthy been energetic in social justice courses, together with Peace and Environmental Activism.
Shohaku Okumura is a Soto Zen priest and Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. he's a graduate of Komazawa college and has practiced in Japan at Antaiji, Zuioji, and the Kyoto Soto Zen middle, and in Massachusetts on the Pioneer Valley Zendo. he's the previous director of the Soto Zen Buddhism foreign heart in San Francisco. His formerly released books of translation comprise Shobogenzo Zuimonki, Dogen Zen, Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo, and beginning the Hand of suggestion. Okumura is additionally editor of Dogen Zen and Its Relevance for Our Time and SotoZen. he's the founding instructor of the Sanshin Zen neighborhood, established in Bloomington, Indiana, the place he lives along with his family.
John Daido Loori was once, till his dying in 2009, the non secular chief and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, manhattan. informed in koan Zen in addition to within the sophisticated tuition of grasp Dogen's Zen, he used to be the Dharma inheritor of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. dedicated to preserving actual Zen education, he built a particular sort, referred to as the 8 Gates of Zen, in line with the noble eightfold direction. Drawing on his history as scientist, artist, naturalist, and Zen priest, Abbot Loori used to be an American grasp who spoke on to scholars from the viewpoint of a typical history. His books contain Mountain checklist of Zen Talks and the guts of Being.
Steven Heine is an expert on jap faith and society, specially the background of Zen Buddhism and the existence and works of Dogen. He has released dozen books, together with Did Dogen visit China? and Zen pores and skin, Zen Marrow.
Reb Anderson Roshi moved to San Francisco in 1967 to review Zen Buddhism with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a clergyman in 1970. in view that then, he has endured to perform on the San Francisco Zen middle, the place he served as abbot from 1986 to 1995 and is now a senior dharma instructor. Anderson Roshi lectures and leads retreats all over the world, and is the writer of hot Smiles from chilly Mountains and Being Upright. He lives along with his friends and family at eco-friendly Dragon Temple, eco-friendly Gulch Farm, close to Muir seashore, in Northern California.