Dogen, the 13th-century Zen monk whose name is now synonymous with early Japanese Zen, was once nearly forgotten in Japan. Only in the last century and a half have his writings been published, and only in recent decades have they appeared in Western languages. Most of these focus on his life work, the Shobogenzo, selections of which are translated here. Enlightenment Unfolds also contains accounts of Dogen's studies in China, poems, instructions on Zen practice, and informal talks with his students. Enlightenment for Dogen was not something that results from practice but is the practice itself. For those engaged in Zen practice, reading Enlightenment Unfolds can be worked seamlessly into that practice, with insights gleaned from daily contemplation. Dogen is one of the few Zen monks to value the Zen literary tradition, but he never meant it to be separate from practice. As with Moon in a Dewdrop, Tanahashi's previous collection of Dogen's writings, we find that brilliant awakenings occur in everyday moments--and in the everyday moments of reading this collection, enlightenment indeed unfolds. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This collection of writings by Dogen, the great 13th-century master and founder of the Soto school of Zen, covers all aspects of spiritual practice, from the significance of robes and rituals to the esoteric nature of the enlightenment experience. It is best suited for larger public and academic collections. (LJ 2/15/99)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A well written book Kazuaki Tanahashi that covers the entire range of Dogen's works. Dogen is a difficult subject and this book handles him well.Published 15 months ago by Peter A. Tofte