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By Steven Heine

D?gen (1200-1253), the founding father of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is mainly recognized for introducing to eastern Buddhism a number of the texts and practices that he found in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China by way of a severe examine conventional assets either via and approximately D?gen in gentle of contemporary jap scholarship. whereas many stories emphasize the original positive aspects of D?gen's jap affects, this ebook calls consciousness to the best way chinese language and jap components have been fused in D?gen's spiritual imaginative and prescient. It unearths many new fabrics and insights into Dogen's major writings, together with the a number of variants of the Sh?b?genz?, and the way and while this seminal textual content was once created through D?gen and used to be edited and interpreted through his disciples. This booklet is the fruits of the author's thirty years of analysis on D?gen and gives the reader with a accomplished method of the master's existence works and an knowing of the general profession trajectory of 1 of an important figures within the heritage of Buddhism and Asian spiritual thought.

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