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By Masao Abe

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This is an interesting and critical selection of essays through 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 task in formatting and outlining the paintings of this significant Dogen scholar.

Abe's paintings on Dogen (1200-1253) is moment in simple terms to Hee-Jin Kim's crucial experiences. After Watsuji Tetsuro pried Dogen's paintings from sectarian concealment in 1926, the scholarly neighborhood, astounded via the intensity and huge 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 provide a few the main subtle gold, in addition to feedback for destiny research. renowned for his efforts in Christian/Buddhist and West/East dialogues, Abe bargains the conventional view of Dogen's works, in addition to suggesting attainable parallel principles within the West.

This publication deals reviews on quite a lot 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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This is because Dogen was trying to understand the reality of the latter by only taking the reality of the former as the standard. In other words, at that point, without distinguishing between "that which must be the ground" and "that which must be the condition," Dogen was trying to grasp both attainment and practice, the Buddhanature and becoming a buddha, in one and the same dimension. It is, however, an abstraction to grasp both of them in that way, for the standpoint of attainment (or the Buddhanature), which is beyond time and space, Is dearly different in its dimension from the standpoint of practice (becoming a buddha), which is inseparable from the limitations of time and space.

To forget one's self is nothing other than body-mind casting off. And when body-mind are cast off, the world and history are also cast off. " Further, "body-mind casting off" is not something negative. It is immediately the cast-off body-mind, that is, the awakened bodymind that is freed from self-attachment and ready to save others. In the same way, the casting off of the world and history, which takes place at the same time as the casting off of body-mind, is not something negative. " Such are the implications of the notion of the oneness of means and end when that notion is applied to the understanding of one's personality and its relationship to other persons and other things.

This clearly shows the monistic character of Spinoza's idea of God as that Irom which everything else is derived and by which everything else is conceived. Yet the very ideas of "attribute" and "mode" Involve a duality between God and the World—in Spinoza's terminology, between natura naturans (the active nature) and natura naturata (the passive nature)—a duality in which the former has priority. In sharp contrast to this, Dogen's Buddhanature is not natura naturans that is distinguished from natura naturata, that is, the created world.

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