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The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans

John Daido Loori and Dogen


PUBLISHED: 11th August 2009
ISBN: 9781590304655
ANNOTATION:
A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen's koans. Zen students and scholars will find "The True Dharma Eye "to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world's greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself.
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PUBLISHED: 11th August 2009
ISBN: 9781590304655
ANNOTATION:
A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen's koans. Zen students and scholars will find "The True Dharma Eye "to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world's greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself.

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A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen's koans. Zen students and scholars will find "The True Dharma Eye "to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world's greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself.

Publisher Description

"The True Dharma Eye" is a collection of three hundred koans, or teaching stories, compiled by Dogen, a key figure in Zen history. Dogen was also the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, and these koans were compiled during his study with many Zen masters in China. Here they are translated by the renowned American Zen master John Daido Loori. Each koan is accompanied by commentary and a capping verse. The resulting volume presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on Dogen's profound teachings and their relevance for twenty-first-century Western practitioners of Zen.

Author Biography

John Daido Loori is one of the West's leading Zen masters. He is the founder and spiritual leader of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. His work has been most noted for its unique adaptation of traditional Asian Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts, the environment, social action, and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. Loori is an award-winning photographer and videographer. His art and wildlife photography form the core of a unique teaching program that integrates art and wilderness

Review

"In this astonishing resource, John Daido Loori Roshi has provided commentary and verses on each koan. These koans yank us away from our preconceptions and fixed ideas, forcing us to see what is real. They perplex us and exhaust reason."--Spirituality & Health "Loori Roshi offers to modern students new entry into this profound and ancient practice."--Tricycle

"We are fortunate to receive this important new translation by Kaz Tanahashi and Daido Loori of Zen Master Dogen's early selection of three hundred koans that formed a basis for his many later koan commentaries. Daido Loori's introduction discussing Dogen's approach counteracts prevalent stereotypes that base all koan practice on later eighteenth-century training systems. Daido Loori's brief remarks and verse comments after each case suggest helpful perspectives for practitioners."--Taigen Dan Leighton, cotranslator and editor, Dogen's Extensive Record and Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community

"What Daido Roshi now does in a remarkable way is to breathe new life into the text by innovatively creating prose and verse comments. The Mana Shobogenzo lives again, and for the lucky readers so does the thought of Dogen Zenji transmitted to the twenty-first century."--Steven Heine, co-editor of Dogen's Extensive Record

"This creative work, presented from the perspective of a Western Zen teacher, adds a significant contribution in helping to make Zen more global in its application as a spiritual path."--Shohaku Okumura, Dharma Successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and founder of Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana

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"In this astonishing resource, John Daido Loori Roshi has provided commentary and verses on each koan. These koans yank us away from our preconceptions and fixed ideas, forcing us to see what is real. They perplex us and exhaust reason."-Spirituality & Health "Loori Roshi offers to modern students new entry into this profound and ancient practice."-Tricycle "We are fortunate to receive this important new translation by Kaz Tanahashi and Daido Loori of Zen Master Dogen's early selection of three hundred koans that formed a basis for his many later koan commentaries. Daido Loori's introduction discussing Dogen's approach counteracts prevalent stereotypes that base all koan practice on later eighteenth-century training systems. Daido Loori's brief remarks and verse comments after each case suggest helpful perspectives for practitioners."-Taigen Dan Leighton, cotranslator and editor, Dogen's Extensive Record and Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community "What Daido Roshi now does in a remarkable way is to breathe new life into the text by innovatively creating prose and verse comments. The Mana Shobogenzo lives again, and for the lucky readers so does the thought of Dogen Zenji transmitted to the twenty-first century."-Steven Heine, co-editor of Dogen's Extensive Record "This creative work, presented from the perspective of a Western Zen teacher, adds a significant contribution in helping to make Zen more global in its application as a spiritual path."-Shohaku Okumura, Dharma Successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and founder of Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana

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Product Details

Author
John Daido Loori, Dogen
Short Title
TRUE DHARMA EYE
Pages
528
Language
English
Translator
John Daido Loori
ISBN-10
1590304659
ISBN-13
9781590304655
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2009
Publication Date
2009-08-31
Subtitle
ZEN Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans
Country of Publication
United States
Residence
US
Publisher
Shambhala
Audience
General/Trade