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Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation

by Carl Bielefeldt

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Release Date: September, 1990

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Dogen's thoughts on meditation: a scholarly analysis

Dogen started his training as a Buddhist monk in Japan at age 13. At age 23, dissatisfied with his development, he and his teacher, Myozen traveled to China where they believed the true Dharma was to be found. After studying at several monasteries, Dogen found a compatible teacher who certified his understanding of the Dharma and even invited him to become his attendant. Dogen declined and at age 27 returned to Japan to teach the Dharma there.

And he started a prolific writing career. Among the many things he wrote was a meditation manual, dated speculatively 1233. It was based on a meditation manual written by the Chinese teacher Tsung-tse. A number of years after he wrote his meditation manual, Dogen revised it. This revised copy is the one generally known to followers of Dogen. It is these three meditation manuals, the one by Tsung-tse, the original one by Dogen and the later revision that form the focus of Bielefeldt's book. The original meditation manuals are quite short and are reproduced in a number of appendices. The discussion of how Dogen refined his text on meditation and how Dogen's thoughts on meditation differed from his antecedents form the bulk of the book. In addition, the book discusses the relationship of Dogen's teachings on meditation to that of the sudden and gradual schools of enlightenment that were current in China in Dogen's time.

All in all, pretty heavy reading. More than once, I found myself at the bottom of a page without any idea what I just read.. If you are a serious student of Zen history and the evolution and antecedents of Dogen's thought then this book is a worthwhile addition to your library. The five star rating is for content, not for ease of reading. If you are looking for an inspirational work on Dogen or instruction on how to meditate, you are better off looking elsewhere.

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Dogen's revised meditation instructions

Dogen started his training as a Buddhist monk in Japan at age 13. At age 23, dissatisfied with his development, he and his teacher, Myozen traveled to China where they believed the true Dharma was to be found. After studying at several monasteries, Dogen found a compatible teacher who certified his understanding of the Dharma and even invited him to become his attendant. Dogen declined and at age 27 returned to Japan to teach the Dharma there.

And he started a prolific writing career. Among the many things he wrote was a meditation manual, dated speculatively 1233. It was based on a meditation manual written by the Chinese teacher Tsung-tse. A number of years after he wrote his meditation manual, Dogen revised it. This revised copy is the one generally known to followers of Dogen. It is these three meditation manuals, the one by Tsung-tse, the original one by Dogen and the later revision that form the focus of Bielefeldt's book. The original meditation manuals are quite short and are reproduced in a number of appendices. The discussion of how Dogen refined his text on meditation and how Dogen's thoughts on meditation differed from his antecedents form the bulk of the book. In addition, the book discusses the relationship of Dogen's teachings on meditation to that of the sudden and gradual schools of enlightenment that were current in China in Dogen's time.

All in all, pretty heavy reading. More than once, I found myself at the bottom of a page without any idea what I just read.. If you are a serious student of Zen history and the evolution and antecedents of Dogen's thought then this book is a worthwhile addition to your library. The five star rating is for content, not for ease of reading. If you are looking for an inspirational work on Dogen or instruction on how to meditate, you are better off looking elsewhere

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