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Sounds of Valley Streams: Enlightenment in Dogen's Zen (Suny Series in Buddhist Studies) Hardcover – February 1, 1989

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  • Series: Suny Series in Buddhist Studies
  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (February 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887069223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887069222
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,890,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By tepi on May 30, 2001
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SOUNDS OF VALLEY STREAMS : Enlightenment in Dogen's Zen - Translation of Nine Essays from Shobogenzo by Francis H. Cook. 164 pp Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989 and Reprinted.
It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of Dogen (1200-1253). As one of the most powerful and brilliant minds Asia has produced - and it has produced many - his many-levelled and multi-faceted works should be viewed, not so much as a purely local and Japanese phenomenon, but as a supreme contribution to world literature. For all of us, he is, as Taizan Maezumi Roshi says, an inexhaustible spring of wisdom.
Dogen's works are profound. They express the point-of-view of an enlightened Master. Such works, especially when written in a sinograph-based language such as Japanese or Chinese, present almost insuperable problems of interpretation, and there are very few scholars who are equal to the task of translating them.
Dr Francis Cook comes to this task well-prepared. His work is highly respected in scholarly circles, he has held faculty posts at Dartmouth College and the University of California at Riverside, where he was an associate professor in the Religious Studies program, and he has a number of impressive publications to his credit.
In addition, he has a masterful command of the Japanese language, a command enhanced by two years spent as a Fulbright Fellow at Kyoto University. He has also devotedly practiced Zen meditation for many years. This last is extremely important as enabling Dr Cook to rise above the intellectualizing and speculation which limits so much contemporary Zen scholarship.
As he himself explained in his 'How to Raise an Ox,' the translator must be able to "approach the text in the light of his own Zen practice....
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2004
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This book sat on my shelf for quite a long time before I finally made the attempt to see what it was all about. The reason I gave it five stars is that simply put, my life has never been the same. This slim volume opened the world, the mind and the writings of Zen Master Dogen to me, and I've never looked back. Even after many years of study and practice in the Tibetan tradition, I still say Dogen is a gigantic force that once encountered, you're not ever going to be able to sidestep. Some of the most profound words I've ever read are in this book, and it is one of the 10 most influencial books I've ever read. Dogen is a spiritual genius of the highest degree; open this book and encounter his mind. If you like what you find here, try another excellent book on Dogen, Hee-Jin Kim's Dogen Kigen; Mystical Realist.
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