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"This booklet is ready the valuable rules of crucial Buddhist spokesman in eastern heritage and is written by means of the most revered and authoritative of his interpreters. It displays a life of an expert and concerted brooding about Dogen." -- Francis H. prepare dinner, collage of California, Riverside

"It is a really awesome contribution to Dogen scholarship in addition to East-West comparative philosophy through probably the most exceptional smooth jap thinkers of our time. This makes for a strong and actually illuminating volume." -- Steve Odin, college of Hawaii

This whole translation of Masao Abe's essays on Dogen probes the center of the Zen master's philosophy and faith. This paintings analyzes Dogen's formative doubt in regards to the proposal of unique awakening because the foundation for his new angle to nonduality within the doctrines of the oneness of perform and attainment, the team spirit of beings and Buddha-nature, the simultaneity of time and eternity, and the identification of existence and demise. Abe additionally deals insightful, severe comparisons of Dogen and diverse Buddhist and Western thinkers, specially Shinran and Heidegger.

"This is a crystal-clear dealing with of super tricky material. The analyses are refined and whilst lucid. the writer has a profound and fabulous knowing of Dogen and Shinran and can be well-grounded in Western philosophy and religion." -- Joan Stambaugh, Hunter university

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These passages taken objectively without one's own existential awakening seem absurd, at best pantheistic. Dogen emphasizes doji-jodo, "simultaneous attainment of the Way," which refers to the notion that everything in the universe attains enlightenment simultaneously at the moment of one's own enlightenment—an enlightenment that opens up the universal horizon of the Buddha-nature. If one cannot rightfully speak of the attainment of Buddha-nature by mountains, rivers, lands, and the like, one cannot be said to realize the Buddha-nature.

Unless one becomes a buddha, the Buddhanature is not realized as the Buddha-nature, and yet at the same time one can become a buddha only because one is originally endowed with the Buddha-nature. It is at this point that the dynamic truth of the simultaneous realization of the Buddhanature and its attainment can be seen. 1 below, the standpoint of acquired awakening may be illustrated by a horizontal line, for it presupposes a process of resolution and practice leading to attainment as its end.

In the "Bussho" fascicle Dogen says, "What is the essence of the World Honored One's [Sakyamuni's] words, 'All sentient beings without exception have the Buddha-nature'? " is found in the conversation that took place at the first meeting between the sixth patriarch, Hui-neng (J. Eno, 638-713), and Nan-yiieh Huai-jang (J. Nangaku Ejo, 677-744) as recorded in the Ching-te ch'iiantong lu 0- Keitoku dentoroku), volume 5. " Nan-yiieh did not know what to answer. " is not an ordinal y question. " An interrogative "what" or "whence" is that which cannot be grasped by the hand, that which cannot be defined by the intellect; it is that which can never he objectified: it is that which one can never obtain, no matter what one does.

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