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The Essential Dogen Audiobook

The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 The San Francisco Zen Center (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Mark Workman Cobar, Australia 24/04/2016
    Mark Workman Cobar, Australia 24/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A great intro to Dogen"

    A treatment of Dogen's Zen that's straight forward, well researched and readily accessible to Westerners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    30/01/15
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Phillpotts
    21/08/15
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    " One of Buddhism's most influential teachers."

    Dogen is mind-blowing. The narrator was passable, but put a little too much into it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    Mooresville, NC, United States
    1/03/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy W. Adams
    USA
    19/04/15
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    "Dogen"
    Would you listen to The Essential Dogen again? Why?

    I will listen to The Essential Dogen again and I have already!


    What other book might you compare The Essential Dogen to and why?

    Living Buddha Living Christ, New Seeds of Contemplation.


    What about Brian Nishii’s performance did you like?

    It was relaxed and peacefully done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for the novice to the master meditator. If there is such a thing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence
    WA, usa
    16/02/15
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    "Enjoyably laughable."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • agreenbuddha
    13/03/17
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    "Essential to but not easily accessible"

    Enlightening in parts, however, the analytics of Dogen's Koans could be made clearer for laypersons

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Wheeler
    Pennsylvania, USA
    1/02/17
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    "True Zen"

    Improves my perception of ultimate reality. Thank you!

    Would recommend to any practioner of the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock
    30/01/17
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    "Perfect for blind donkeys"

    Hold your breath and cover your ears. Then you will be ready to listen. Seeking entertainment instead of cleaning the red dust out of your eyes, you have already received thirty blows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • taylor
    19/01/17
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    "great text, ok narration."

    fantastic collection of one of history's most important minds. the narrator could have been more clear as to what words belonged to Dogen, and what words belonged to the editors. pacing seemed a bit rushed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rgdes
    29/11/16
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    "Good book, narrator was passable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Essential Dogen to be better than the print version?

    The brilliance of Dogen is "uncomment-able", drat I did it again. Found the narrators sudden misplaced lower register growling of "DOHgun" distracting. He didn't do it all the time but when he did, it was out of place and distracting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The butlers dumpling was delicious.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Brian Nishii?

    perhaps


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Perhaps, but how does one do this ?


    Any additional comments?

    Only that I have no more comments

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    24/08/16
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    "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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luis
    30/04/15
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    "Hard book to understand"

    The book is hard to follow. Sometimes was hard to understand the meaning of the narration.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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