Eihei Dogen (1200 - 1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master's incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen - and inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions.
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"Great work on Dogen"
Great narrator. Well structured even for a beginner. I would highly recommend this listen for those on the way. master Dogen paints a verbal work of art to help you to focus your mind. Not 1, not 2.
"A great performance of great wisdom."
This was my first exposure to Dogen, and a highly recommend it to anyone on the path, or for anyone who has "attained". The guy has experienced the void of nothingness that creates the everythingness of the universe, and it speaks volumes.
" One of Buddhism's most influential teachers."
Dogen is mind-blowing. The narrator was passable, but put a little too much into it.
As a practitioner of the way, I found many delights in these expressions. With new and old teachings of dharma throughout the recording, it was possible to become immersed but not overwhelmed.
This was my first encounter with Dogan as well as Brian Nishii and I intend it not to be the last.
I will listen to The Essential Dogen again and I have already!
Living Buddha Living Christ, New Seeds of Contemplation.
It was relaxed and peacefully done.
Great for the novice to the master meditator. If there is such a thing.
"Good but really boring"
If you like philosophy that will be the only motivation to get through this book. It is very boring. The Narrator talking in a monotone voice.
"Lacking but Still Worthy of Invesment"
I would have liked more of Dogen's teachings rather than paraphrasing. still a very good book
"Having read Dogen before- I experieced a clarity and joy"
As I've earlier read parts of Dogen, I was thrilled to find parts of it read just for me, which I remembered . I was moved by the performances
and the presentation of a difficult theme.
By listening it contributed to a clarity of mind , and I understood everything better. Thankyou
"it is okay."
i wanted to hear some of what Dogen had written and now i have. perhaps a few gems were included but also a lot that didnt hold my interest and didnt seem to resonate with me as helpful to my path.
I have been looking for an introduction to Zen Buddhism. This was a good start! And I also enjoy the proper narration and pronunciations.
"crystals have blossoms just like human trees"
I achieved enlightenment; I don't understand and I don't want to understand. Does anyone understand or is there blind acceptance?
........... and there are myriads of myriads
"Hard book to understand"
The book is hard to follow. Sometimes was hard to understand the meaning of the narration.
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