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Dogen's Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries Paperback – March 26, 2013
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Nishiari Bokusan oils the hinges.
The difference between delusion and enlightenment (if not non-existent) is subtle (but critical).
He explains that , "there is a distinction between effort and non-effort."
My mind is squeaking!
That said, these commentaries are wonderful. The commentary by Nishiari Bokusan alone is worth buying the book for. Nishiari Bokusan is famous as the Zen monk who, when faced with death at the hands of some samurais, said, "Well, if you're going to kill me, I might as well have some saki." He then calmly and mindfully raised a cup to his lips and savoured it as if he was alone in the room. The samurais, disoriented and chagrined, simply left. Later Nishiari said, "I made no room for them in my world, so they couldn't find a foothold there."
Matthew Gindin [...]
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Three different commentaries in respect of Dogens Genjo Koan from his "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye".....looks really interesting.
I dont feel able to make a greast comment on the contents of the book however....
BE CAREFUL THAT YOUR COPY IS COMPLETE ! THE FIRST ONE I RECIEVED WAS MISSING THE FIRST FEW PAGES
(the second one arrived damaged ! ....but the third one was fine....feel like I am telling the the story of the "three bears" )
Shunryu Suzuki, who needs no introduction to American students of Zen, provides the second commentary, which was edited (by Dairyu Michael Wenger and Weitsman assisted by Jeffrey Schneider) from talks given at various times by Suzuki; it is therefore not as complete as the other two commentaries.
The third section of the book is translated and introduced by Shohaku Okumura (his translation of Genjo Koan is also included). It's a commentary by Okumura's teacher Kosho Uchiyama, written in the postwar period in Japan, and relates Dogen's teaching to what was happening there at that time.
Every student of Dogen has to grapple with Genjo Koan in terms of his or her own experience, but all three of these commentaries are very helpful for English-speaking Zen practitioners who are not conversant with Dogen's medieval Japanese or the culture in which he worked. Even philosophically minded Westerners with no background in Zen might find this a good informal introduction to it.