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By Masao Abe

"This e-book is ready the critical principles of an important Buddhist spokesman in jap heritage and is written via the most revered and authoritative of his interpreters. It displays a life of a professional and concerted pondering Dogen." -- Francis H. prepare dinner, collage of California, Riverside

"It is a really impressive contribution to Dogen scholarship in addition to East-West comparative philosophy via essentially the most exceptional glossy eastern thinkers of our time. This makes for a strong and really illuminating volume." -- Steve Odin, collage of Hawaii

This whole translation of Masao Abe's essays on Dogen probes the center of the Zen master's philosophy and faith. This paintings analyzes Dogen's formative doubt about the proposal 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 id of existence and demise. Abe additionally bargains insightful, severe comparisons of Dogen and numerous Buddhist and Western thinkers, particularly Shinran and Heidegger.

"This is a crystal-clear dealing with of tremendous tough material. The analyses are refined and even as lucid. the writer has a profound and significant knowing of Dogen and Shinran and is additionally well-grounded in Western philosophy and religion." -- Joan Stambaugh, Hunter university

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How could they have a Buddha-nature? If a sentient being were to have a Buddha-nature, he would belong with the devil-heretics. It would be bringing in a devil, trying to set him on top of a sentient being. 20 This is a complete negation of the traditional doctrine that maintains that the Buddha-nature is possessed by sentient beings. If we penetrate Dogen's standpoint, however, these words not merely are surprising but have deep m e a n i n g . " Here we find another example of Dogen's peculiar way of reading traditional texts.

7 Even though one believes one has oneself attained enlightenment, if, from his point of view, other creatures are not enlightened as well, one's enlightenment is not genuine. With one's realizing the Buddha-nature, the possibility of which is possessed by every person, all sentient beings attain their Buddha-nature. " DOGEN'S N O T I O N OF "WHOLE-BEING BUDDHA-NATURE" What is Dogen's position in relation to this traditional understanding? Why does he reject it, and why does he read the phrase from the Nirvana Sutra in his peculiar way?

Secondly, the so-called six realms of transmigratory existence are not to be interpreted as meaning that the six different worlds stand somewhat side by side. Rather, for human beings this world is understood to be the human world in which animals and the like are living. For animals, however, this world is the animal world in which human beings are living as well. In this sense it is not that there are six worlds existing somewhere concurrently, but that the boundless horizon of generationextinction opens up, in which six kinds of transmigration are taking place.

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