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Rational Zen: The Mind of Dogen Zenji (Shambhala Dragon Editions) Paperback – May 1, 2001
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"This collection . . . is an occasion for celebration by American Buddhists. . . . those concerned with the living meaning embedded in these writings can only feel gratitude for the riches Cleary has provided."— Tricycle
"Thomas Cleary's strong rendering of important sections of Dogen Zenji's essential writings, with his excellent and comprehensive notes, opens the gate to a far wider understanding and appreciation of the extraordinary work of the founder of Japanese Zen."—Peter Matthiessen, author of Nine-Headed Dragon River
"My reverence for both Dogen and Cleary is virtually unbounded. . . . It is becoming hard, in fact, to read anyone's translations but Cleary's."—Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall
"A vivid and fresh new translation. . . . Cleary preserves Dogen's form and . . . succeeds in creating an atmosphere that awakens the essence of Dogen Zenji's teachings for American Zen students."—Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Roshi
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The thirteenth century Zen master, Eihei Dogen (considered by the Japanese Soto school as the founder of Soto Zen in Japan) has been the subject of a vast amount of study and research by scholars as well as the Zen orthodoxy in recent decades--and not without reason! As Cleary demonstrates in this excellent collection of translations, Dogen was easily one of most original and important Zen masters, not just in Japan, but in the entire history of Zen.
Rational Zen contains of supurb selection from Dogen's two most important records: Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma-Eye), one of the most important Buddhist texts in the history of Buddhism (as well as the most important philosophical text ever created in Japan); and "Eihei Koroku" (Dogen's Extensive Record) which is now available in English (see, Leighton & Okumura).
In this book, Cleary debunks the widespread misunderstanding of Zen as being irrational, mystical, or anti-intellectual. Rational Zen contains translations by this thirteenth-century Zen master that highlight the intellectual and rational aspects essential to for the authentic practice/realization of Zen. Cleary's usual excellence is augmented with a rich collection of comprehensive notes and profoundly insightful commentary.
Bottom Line: Essential reading for all serious Zen students/practitioners. A treasure trove of Zen wisdom that can be mined for a lifetime!