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Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies

Steven Heine


In this book scholars of Buddhism from both sides of the Pacific explore the life and thought of Zen Master Dōgen (1200–1253), the founder of the Japanese Soto sect. Through both textual and historical analysis, the volume shows Dōgen in context of the Chinese Chan tradition that influenced him and demonstrates the tremendous, lasting impact he had on Buddhist thought and culture in Japan. The chapters provide critical new insight into Dōgen's writings. Special attention is given to the Shobogenzo and several of its fascicles, which express Dōgen's views on such practices and rituals as using ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Zen, Dōgen, Japanese Soto sect, Chinese Chan tradition, Japan, Shobegenzo, jinzu, kankin, zazen meditation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199754465
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Heine, editor
Florida International University

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Front Matter

Part One Textual Studies

1 Textual Genealogies of Dōgen

William M. Bodiford

3 “Just Sitting”?

T. Griffith Foulk

4 A Day in the Life

Steven Heine

Part Two Historical Studies

6 Dōgen Zen and Song Dynasty China

Ishii Shūdō (Translated by Albert Welter)1

7 Zen Syncretism

Albert Welter

8 Disarming the Superpowers

Carl Bielefeldt

9 Remembering Dōgen

William M. Bodiford