(P)1992 Audio Literature; ©1985 North Point Press
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
If you enjoy the paradoxical yet profound teachings of Zen Buddhism, then you'll want to listen to this.
I found both the teachings and the narration a little slow (boring?) until about midway through, when Dogen's teachings became more intellectually interesting, paradoxical and humorous (although it's probably just me).
Definitely not for everybody, but maybe for you.
Over 30 years ago, my very first introduction to anything buddhist was Dogen. I still have yet to barely scratch the surface. I have always liked the fact that, just when I thought I have understood something, reading further dismantles that.
This is for some one a little farther down the path. Understanding basic Buddhist concepts is an absolute prerequisite. To the average western person this may sound baffling and nothing but gibberish, however to the experienced mediator who has gained insight this shines like the rays of a million suns and opens the gate of the gateless gate. Truly Zen in it's finest form. I have listened to this three times over periods of time and a forth listen is certainly in the future.
The reading is clean and concise. No sense of pretention or sanctimony. Snyder has opened my dharma ear.
I've always had difficulty reading Dogen; he just didn't make sense. Listening to him being read has been a revelation! His meaning is becoming more and more clear and I'm really beginning to like him. A lot.
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