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Purifying Zen : Watsuji Tetsurō's Shamon Dōgen

Author: Tetsurō Watsuji; Steve Bein
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1223 the monk Dogen Kigen (1200-1253) came to the conclusion that Japanese Buddhism had become hopelessly corrupt. He undertook a dangerous pilgrimage to China to bring back a purer form of Buddhism and went on to become one of the founders of Soto Zen. Seven hundred years later, the philosopher Watsuji Tetsuro (1889-1960) also saw corruption in the Buddhism of his day. In his search for Japan's intellectual  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Named Person: Dōgen; Tetsurō Watsuji; Dōgen
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tetsurō Watsuji; Steve Bein
ISBN: 9780824868505 0824868501
OCLC Number: 986558564
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2011.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Dōgen's period of self-cultivation --
The first sermon --
The method and meaning of self-cultivation --
Shinran's compassion and Dōgen's compassion --
Concerning excellence --
Concerning social problems --
Criticism of art --
Dogen's "truth."
Other Titles: Shamon Dōgen.
Watsuji Tetsurō's Shamon Dōgen
Responsibility: Tetsuro Watsuji ; translated and with commentary by Steve Bein.

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In 1223 the monk Dogen Kigen (1200-1253) came to the conclusion that Japanese Buddhism had become hopelessly corrupt. He undertook a dangerous pilgrimage to China to bring back a purer form of Buddhism and went on to become one of the founders of Soto Zen. Seven hundred years later, the philosopher Watsuji Tetsuro (1889-1960) also saw corruption in the Buddhism of his day. In his search for Japan's intellectual past, Watsuji discovered writings by Dogen that had been hidden away by the monk's own sect. Watsuji later penned Shamon Dogen (Dogen the monk), which single-handedly rescued Dogen from the brink of obscurity, reintroducing Japan to its first great philosophical mind. This book is the first English translation of Watsuji's landmark text, which delves into the complexities of individuals in social relationships, lamenting the stark egoism and loneliness of life in an increasingly Westernized Japan.

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