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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (June 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570625700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570625701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Kaz Tanahashi and his collaborators have produced a remarkable portrait of Dogen Zenji, one of the most influential Buddhist teachers in history. The book includes several new translations from Dogen's Shobogenzo but goes substantially beyond this to include a variety of other writings from Dogen, including poems, informal lectures and Dogen's recollections of his own teacher, Rujing. The result of this is to bring Dogen much more to life than previous translations. Here we see Dogen as genuinely human, struggling with the limitations of a human life and profoundly inspired by that same life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ted R. Todd on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
With clarity of writing and mindstreaching concepts, this is a hard book to beat. Excellent definitions, explainations of historical Buddhist practices, names of historical personages, and bibliography make this book also an excellent reference work.
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By Peter A. Tofte on June 3, 2014
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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.
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This is a book that allows the reader to deeply enter and learn from a master. The teachings area die clear and accessible over a wide Range of life experience. A valuable book for anyone interested in Buddhism beyond the surface.
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By Nilo Rivera on January 21, 2013
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This is yet another wonderful text or extrapolation about Dōgen's writings and philosophies. Great read yet again. Enjoy and become enlightened even more. Namaste.
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