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 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.
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.
Geah, gettin that paypa...
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 love to read books, and when I can't read a book I love listening to them.
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.
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.
The butlers dumpling was delicious.
Perhaps, but how does one do this ?
Only that I have no more comments
Dogen is a difficult read, which should not be seen as a critique of the author or the narrator. Both have done a good job handling the material. That being so, the material is difficult to comprehend.
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.
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
"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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