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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195305922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195305920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,219,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Did D=ogen go to China? is a well-written piece of sound scholarship that fills a glaring lacuna in D=ogen studies. Heine builds on his deep expertise of D=ogen's life and work as well as of k=oan literature to tackle central issues in the hagiographical accounts of D=ogen's life. He displays a solid knowledge of all relevant sources and rethinks D=ogen's life in the context of the latest research. This volume constitutes an invaluable contribution to D=ogen scholarship."--Gereon Kopf, author of Beyond Personal Identity: D=ogen, Nishida and a Phenomenology of No-Self

"An indispensable vademecum to the work of the Soto Zen master. ...A short review cannot do justice to Heine's intricate argument, which will keep the specialists busy for years to come. Suffice it to say that he brings us face to face with the flesh-and-blood Dogen and his multifarious creative activities, and thus provides an anchorage and a perspective for which puzzled readers of the Shobogenzo will be profoundly grateful."--Monumenta Nipponica

"[Heine's] expert analysis is a touchstone of historical and textual research, and required reading for all serious students of Zen."--Religious Studies Review

"Because the majority of scholarly publications on Dogen are plagued by ahistorical methodologies, this book is a breath of fresh air. Thoroughly grounded in historical and textual-critical methodologies, Heine provides a comprehensive, detailed analysis of teh diversity of Dogen's writings. ...Heine's book should be read by any scholar seeking a more historically grounded understanding of Japanese Buddhism. ...Highly recommended." --Choice

About the Author

Steven Heine is Professor and Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University. He specializes in the history of thought of Zen Buddhism and its transition from China to Japan, especially the life and works of Zen Master D=ogen. He has published twenty books and numerous articles on East Asian religion and society. Dr. Heine was recently awarded the Kauffman Professorship in Entrepreneurship Studies at the Florida International University Business School.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By WH on September 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Zen master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253)has been widely acclaimed as Japan's finest religious writer. This is a major biographical study, cutting through the traditional hagiography that has clouded standard accounts of Dogen's life and writings. Heine does much to illuminate the rich and sometimes subtle contours of Dogen's intellectual and social context and the evolution of his mind. He also brings English-speaking readers up to date on the complexities of recent Japanese historical-critical scholarship on this pivotal figure in the Zen tradition. Dogen was a brilliant bridge builder who adapted the Chinese Ch'an Buddhist traditions to Japan to create what we now know as Zen. Heine highlights Dogen's many-sided literary genius, as well as the many-sided ways Dogen appealed to China as a way to craft his unique vision of Buddhist life. Lucid and insightful at a variety of levels.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted Biringer on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know about the life and Zen teachings of Eihei Dogen, all of Steven Heine's books are a must. Did Dogen go to China? Of course he did, but there is more to the story--much more.

Steven Heine has once again dipped into the his massive reservoir of knowledge and come up with some very refreshing, insightful, and often surprising information on the life and teachings of Eihei Dogen.

Did Dogen Go To China? Get this book and resolve this and many more important questions.

Besides, just the pictures are worth the price of the book!
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