"This is a gem of a booklet that succeeds in conveying the heat and compassion of 1 of Buddhism's nice towering figures." (The center means: magazine of the Buddhist Society)
"Leighton and Okumura have rendered Dogen's dense and idiosyncratic language in transparent, energetic, and interesting English. this is often no small accomplishment. All readers will profit significantly from this impressive contribution to the research of Dogen and Zen Buddhism." (Philosophy East & West)
"This monstrous paintings might be a important asset not only for college students of the Zen instructor Dogen (1200-1253), yet for all scholars of Zen and Buddhism normally. in brief, Leighton and Okumura's translation of Dogen's huge checklist is a important 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 facet he provided to his personal scholars each day. it's going to present cautious study." (William M. Bodiford, in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly)
"The many hours of committed paintings [that produced the publication] may be a lot liked by way of we all now and sooner or later who worth Dogen's encouraged writing and talks." (Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center)
"This is an important time by way of knowing Dogen within the West, [with] Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura's translation of the Eihei Koroku popping out. everyone is going to work out a completely various sort during this choice of Dogen's later teachings." (Steven Heine, Director, Institute of Asian stories; co-author of Buddhism within the sleek global, within the forum-style article, "Understanding Dogen," in Buddhadharma)
"This new and hefty quantity represents the [previously unseen] different half Dogen's instructing. We owe a good 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 college of Zen, and is popular as one of many world's such a lot notable non secular thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen completely transforms the language of Zen, utilizing it in novel and terribly appealing methods in his voluminous writings. Born in 1200 to an aristocratic heritage, he was once ordained a monk within the jap Tendai university in his early young people, yet grew to become disenchanted with jap Buddhism. After touring in China from 1223 to 1227, he again 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 disease and demise in 1253, he expert a center team of clergymen who unfold Soto Zen through the jap nation-state. Dogen's writings are famous for his or her poetic and philosophic intensity, even though geared toward religious practitioners. His significant, great works are Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury) and Eihei Koroku (Dogen's wide Record). even if no longer studied for lots of centuries apart from Soto students, nowa days Dogen's writings, via translation, became an incredible a part of the unfold of Buddhism within the West.
Taigen Dan Leighton, Soto Zen priest and successor within the Suzuki Roshi lineage, bought Dharma Transmission in 2000 from Reb Anderson Roshi and is Dharma instructor at historic 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 smooth 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 huge checklist: A Translation of Eihei Koroku, Cultivating the Empty box: The Silent Illumination of Zen grasp Hongzhi, Dogen's natural criteria for the Zen neighborhood, and The Wholehearted approach, 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 collage, the California Institute of critical experiences, and in Chicago at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and Loyola collage 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 middle in San Francisco. His formerly released books of translation comprise Shobogenzo Zuimonki, Dogen Zen, Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo, and beginning the Hand of idea. Okumura can be 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 religious chief and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, ny. proficient in koan Zen in addition to within the sophisticated college of grasp Dogen's Zen, he used to be the Dharma inheritor of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. dedicated to holding actual Zen education, he constructed a particular type, known as the 8 Gates of Zen, in line with the noble eightfold direction. Drawing on his heritage as scientist, artist, naturalist, and Zen priest, Abbot Loori was once an American grasp who spoke on to scholars from the viewpoint of a standard history. His books contain Mountain checklist of Zen Talks and the center of Being.
Steven Heine is an expert on jap faith and society, particularly the background of Zen Buddhism and the lifestyles 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 check Zen Buddhism with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a clergyman in 1970. considering the fact that then, he has endured to perform on the San Francisco Zen heart, the place he served as abbot from 1986 to 1995 and is now a senior dharma instructor. Anderson Roshi lectures and leads retreats worldwide, and is the writer of hot Smiles from chilly Mountains and Being Upright. He lives together with his friends and family at eco-friendly Dragon Temple, eco-friendly Gulch Farm, close to Muir seashore, in Northern California.