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By Masao Abe

ISBN-10: 0791408388

ISBN-13: 9780791408384

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This is an engaging and demanding choice of essays by way of Masao Abe at the works of the thirteenth century Zen grasp, Eihei Dogen, the founding father of Soto Zen in Japan.

Selected from over 20 years of study and scholarship, the editor, Steve Heine, has performed a very good activity in formatting and outlining the paintings of this significant Dogen scholar.

Abe's paintings on Dogen (1200-1253) is moment merely to Hee-Jin Kim's crucial stories. After Watsuji Tetsuro pried Dogen's paintings from sectarian concealment in 1926, the scholarly group, astounded by means of the intensity and large nature with which this nice Zen grasp taken care of the philosophy, faith, and culture of Buddhism, were mining its treasures ever since.

These essay of Abe supply a few the main sophisticated gold, in addition to feedback for destiny examine. well known for his efforts in Christian/Buddhist and West/East dialogues, Abe deals the conventional view of Dogen's works, in addition to suggesting attainable parallel principles within the West.

This ebook bargains stories on a variety of Dogen's teachings, together with life/death, practice/enlightenment, the which means of Buddha Nature, and the character of Space/Time.

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Although the problem of birth-and-death is regarded in Buddhism as the most fundamental problem for human existence, Buddhism does not necessarily approach this as the problem of birth-death in the human dimension, but rather as the problem of generationextinction in the broader dimension of sentient beings. Unless we are liberated from the very nature of generationextinction c o m m o n to all sentient beings, we human beings cannot rightly be liberated from the human problem of birth- death. This is the reason why, in Buddhism, it is emphasized that humans are in samsara, the endless round of transmigration from one form of life to another, and why people can be said to attain nirvana only by freeing themselves from this endless round.

According to the traditional reading, it is understood that all sentient beings have the Buddhanature within themselves as the potentiality of becoming a buddha. Naturally this reading implies that, although all sentient beings are at this moment immersed in illusion, they can all be enlightened sometime in the future because of their potential Buddhahood. The Buddha-nature is then understood as an object possessed and aimed at to be realized by the subject (sentient beings). In this understanding, dichotomies of subject and object, potentiality and actuality, within and without, present and future, and so on are implied.

1 It should be clear that while both Christianity and Buddhism are concerned primarily with the salvation of human existence, their grounds for salvation differ: 5 in Christianity it is personalistic, whereas in Buddhism it is cosmological. In the former, the personal relationship between a human and God is axial, with the universe as its circumference; in the latter, personal suffering and salvation reside in the impersonal, boundless, cosmological dimension that embraces even a divinehuman relationship.

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