By Masao Abe
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This is an engaging and significant number of essays by way of Masao Abe at the works of the thirteenth century Zen grasp, Eihei Dogen, the founding father of Soto Zen in Japan.
Selected from over 20 years of analysis and scholarship, the editor, Steve Heine, has performed an outstanding activity in formatting and outlining the paintings of this significant Dogen scholar.
Abe's paintings on Dogen (1200-1253) is moment in simple terms to Hee-Jin Kim's crucial reviews. After Watsuji Tetsuro pried Dogen's paintings from sectarian concealment in 1926, the scholarly group, astounded by way of the intensity and huge nature with which this nice Zen grasp handled the philosophy, faith, and culture of Buddhism, were mining its treasures ever since.
These essay of Abe supply a few the main subtle gold, in addition to feedback for destiny learn. well known for his efforts in Christian/Buddhist and West/East dialogues, Abe bargains the normal view of Dogen's works, in addition to suggesting attainable parallel rules within the West.
This publication bargains stories on a variety of Dogen's teachings, together with life/death, practice/enlightenment, the that means of Buddha Nature, and the character of Space/Time.
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In short, although both attainment (the Buddha-nature) and practice (becoming a buddha) are equally real and equally Indispensable to human existence, the former is so as the ground, whereas the latter is so as the condition or occasion. Attainment and practice—the Buddha-nature and becoming a buddha—are inseparable from one another, and yet the former has priority over the latter. In order not to abstract from the concreteness of the matter, however, one must not miss the distinction between "that which must be the ground" and "that which must be the occasion" as well as their irreversible relationship.
In order not to abstract from the concreteness of the matter, however, one must not miss the distinction between "that which must be the ground" and "that which must be the occasion" as well as their irreversible relationship. This is precisely because, as quoted before, Dogen says: This Dharma is amply present in every person, but unless one practices, it is not manifested; unless there is realization, it is not attained. I his is one of the things Dogen awakened to at the point of the i asting off of body-mind.
Is it that, in Buddhism, humans have no special significance among creatures? The very realization of deanthropocentrism is possible only to h u m a n existence, which has self-consciousness. In other words, it is by transcending the human limitation that one comes to realize human birth-death as an essential part of a wider problem, that Is, the problem of generation-extinction common to all sentient beings. This self-transcendence is impossible apart from self-consciousness on the part of human beings.
A Study of Dogen: His Philosophy and Religion by Masao Abe