Vision of Awakening Space and Time Dogen and the Lotus Sutra

Vision of Awakening Space and Time Dogen and the Lotus Sutra

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As a religion concerned with eternal salvation, Zen is based on and grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital, ephemeral agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview through the writings of the Zen master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), considered the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, which is now spreading in many places in the West. Broader awareness of Dogen's worldview and its implications, says Leighton, is helpful for a modern understanding of Zen and Mahayana praxis, and is relevant to contemporary environmental and ethical concerns.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195383370
  • 9780195383379
  • 932,597

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-Philosophy East and West "Leighton's clear, articulate prose renders Dogen's writings alive, accessible, and relevant to life in the twenty-first century."show more

About Taigen Dan Leighton

Taigen Dan Leighton is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Institute of Buddhist Studies and author of Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression . He is primary co-translator and editor for several Zen translations, including Dogen's Extensive Record and Cultivating the Empty Field . He is also a Soto Zen priest and Dharma heir.show more

Table of contents

I. THE PIVOTAL LOTUS STORY AND DOGEN'S WORLDVIEW ; II. . Hermeneutics and Discourse Styles in Study of the Lotus Sutra and Dogen ; III. . Selected East Asian Interpretations of the Story ; IV. . Dogen's Interpretations of this Lotus Sutra Story ; V. . Dogen's View of Earth, Space, and Time Seen in Mahayana Context ; AFTERWORD: IMPLICATIONS OF DOGEN'S MAHAYANA WORLDVIEWshow more

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