New PDF release: A study of Dōgen: his philosophy and religion

By Masao Abe

ISBN-10: 0791408388

ISBN-13: 9780791408384

"This e-book is set the relevant principles of an important Buddhist spokesman in jap historical past and is written by way of the most revered and authoritative of his interpreters. It displays a life of an expert and concerted brooding about Dogen." -- Francis H. prepare dinner, collage of California, Riverside

"It is a very impressive contribution to Dogen scholarship in addition to East-West comparative philosophy through probably the most uncommon smooth jap thinkers of our time. This makes for a strong and really illuminating volume." -- Steve Odin, collage of Hawaii

This entire translation of Masao Abe's essays on Dogen probes the middle of the Zen master's philosophy and faith. This paintings analyzes Dogen's formative doubt in regards to the suggestion of unique awakening because the foundation for his new angle to nonduality within the doctrines of the oneness of perform and attainment, the cohesion of beings and Buddha-nature, the simultaneity of time and eternity, and the identification of lifestyles and dying. Abe additionally bargains insightful, severe comparisons of Dogen and diverse Buddhist and Western thinkers, in particular Shinran and Heidegger.

"This is a crystal-clear dealing with of tremendous tough material. The analyses are refined and whilst lucid. the writer has a profound and marvelous knowing of Dogen and Shinran and can also be well-grounded in Western philosophy and religion." -- Joan Stambaugh, Hunter collage

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Accordingly, regarding the deanthropocentric character of * the Buddhist idea of transmigration, the following two points must be observed. First, the Buddhist idea of transmigration has nothing to do with animism, a belief in which an anima exists apart from human bodies and things, and animates them (although the poem cited above might be understood to suggest an animistic idea). The Buddhist idea of transmigration is based neither on a belief in the independent existence of spirit, or soul, nor on the idea of the stream of life, but on the realization of generation-and-extinction at each and every moment In reality endless transmigration is inseparably connected with the realization of momentary generation-and-extinction.

In contrast to the aim-seeking approach, the realization of the oneness of means and end implied in Dogen's idea of the oneness of practice and attainment provides an entirely different view of the present and future. In the realization of the oneness of means and end, each and every step of the present is lully realized as the end itself, not as a means to reach the end. And yet, at the same time, each and every step of the present is totally realized as a means toward a future goal, because we are living at the dynamic intersection of the temporal-spatial dimension and the transtemporal-transspatial dimension.

Accordingly, even though the Buddha-nature is the ground that is realized only through practice as its condition, it is not a substantial ground or a ground that is some particular thing, but a ground as no-thing, that is, a nonsubstantial and nonobjectifiable ground. It is a ground that is different from ground in the ordinary sense as something simply distinguished from a condition. In this way, the distinction between ground and condition in the ordinary sense is overcome. Further, the irreversibility between them is also overcome.

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