12. Dogen Studies

Eihei Dōgen Zenji (道元禅師; 1200 - 1253) was a pivotal figure in the history of Japanese Zen and is credited as the founder of the Soto school. After practicing from an early age in Japan with some of the leading Buddhist teachers of his time he traveled to China to study Chan (Chinese Zen) for three years, returning to Japan to found the monastery which to this day is the main training center for Soto Zen monks. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (鈴木 俊隆 Suzuki Shunryū, dharma name Shogaku Shunryu), founder of San Francisco Zen Center and Zoketsu's grand-father in the Dharma studied Dōgen extensively and practiced Zen with a similar spirit. Suzuki Roshi's way is sometimes called "Dōgen Zen." Dogen is unusual among Asian Zen masters for two reasons: first, he wrote and was interested in writing and language; and second, he forthrightly saw the need to re-interpret the Zen tradition based on this sensitivity to language. In a word, his reinterpretation was radically non-dual. That is, he saw that Zen masters, in their effort to go beyond the seeming dualism of normative Buddhism (in which Nirvana and Samsara, enlightenment and ignorance, seem to be opposite states of being) had merely created new dualisms. You do get the impression in reading Zen literature, for instance, that meditation is good but thought is bad; action is good reflection is bad, and so on. Dogen saw this as a problem based largely on a naive view of language and how it works to shape thought. The sometimes baffling nature of his writing comes from his refusal to ever “nest” within a dualism.

Books

 
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Dogen and the Koan Tradition
A secondary text for the philosophically/academically minded: Academic discussion of Dogen’s use of the koan tradition
Steven Heine
Oct 01, 1993
Enlightenment Unfolds
More translations from Shobogenzo and other Dogen texts.
Kazuaki Tanahashi
Jun 06, 2000
Moon in a Dewdrop
Translations of Shobogenzo chapters (Dogen’s most important work)
Kazuaki Tanahashi
Oct 31, 1995
Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist
A secondary text for the philosophically/academically minded: Brilliant philosophical exegesis of Dogen’s thought....
Hee-Jin Kim
Mar 25, 2004
Master Dogen's Shobogenzo
The better of the two currently available translations of all four volumes of Shobogenzo.
Gudo Nashijima and Chodo Cross
May 24, 2006
Beyond Thinking
More Dogen, but with an emphasis on meditation practice as theme. Lengthy introduction by Zoketsu.
Kazuaki Tanahashi
Apr 27, 2007
Dogen on Meditation And Thinking
Secondary text for the philosophically/academically minded: A sequel to "Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist". Equally strong.
Hee-Jin Kim
Nov 09, 2006
Did Dogen Go to China?
More detail than you ever wanted to know about Dogen’s career.
Steven Heine
Jan 01, 2006

Audio

 
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Dogen's Bendowa (Part 1 of 3)
Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 04, 2001
Dogen's Bendowa (Part 2 of 3)
Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 05, 2001
Dogen's Bendowa (Part 3 of 3)
Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 06, 2001
Face to Face
Talk on Dogen's work entitled Face to Face from Moon from the book Moon in a Dewdrop.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 22, 2006
Fukanzazengi 1
Talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 21, 2006
Fukanzazengi 2
Second talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 22, 2006
Fukanzazengi 3
Third talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 23, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 1 of 4)
This talk was given in Vancouver May 13, 2006, and replaces the first Dharma Seminar talk which was not recorded. ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 13, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 2 of 4)
Part Two of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic wo...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 10, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 3 of 4)
Part Three of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 17, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 4 of 4)
Part Four of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic w...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 24, 2006
Genjokoan - Vancouver (Talk 1 of 2)
Part One of Two Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given in Vancouver 2006
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 13, 2006
Genjokoan - Vancouver (Talk 2 of 2)
Part Two of Two Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given in Vancouver 2006
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 14, 2006
Genjokoan - Felsentor (Talk 1 of 6)
First in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 18, 2007
Genjokoan - Felsentor (Talk 2 of 6)
Second in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 18, 2007
Genjokoan - Felsentor (Talk 3 of 6)
Third in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 19, 2007
Genjokoan - Felsentor (Talk 4 of 6)
Fourth in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 20, 2007
Genjokoan - Felsentor (Talk 5 of 6)
Fifth in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 20, 2007
Genjokoan - Felsentor (Talk 6 of 6)
Sixth in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 21, 2007
Reflecdtions on Dogen
Talk on reflections on Dogen
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 29, 2007
Dogen Great Enlightenment 1
First talk on Great Enlightenment by Dogen as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to Zen Meditation by Zen Master Doge...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 01, 2008
Dogen Great Enlightenment 2
Talk on Dogen's "Great Enlightenment" as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 15, 2008
Dogen on Practice Period - Sixth talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008
Dogen on Practice Period as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 25, 2008
Dogen on Truth - Second talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008
Dogen on Truth - Second talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's "Dotoku" or "Expressing the ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 20, 2008
Dogen on Truth Part 2 - Third talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008
Dogen on Truth Part 2 - Third talk of St. Dorothy's Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's writing of "Dotoku"...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 21, 2008
Dogen's Dragon Song
Shuso Chris Fortin talks on Dogen's "Dragon Song" as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.
Chris Fortin
Oct 29, 2008
Recommending Zazen to All People 1
First talk on Dogen's "Recommending Zazen to All People" or "Fukanzazengi" as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 30, 2008
Recommending Zazen to All People 2
Second talk on Dogen's "Recommending Zazen to All People" or "Fukanzazengi" as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 06, 2008
Tenzo Kyokun 2 Instructions for the Zen Cook
Second Talk on Tenzo Kyokun or Instructions for the Zen Cook by Dogen as found in "From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenm...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 17, 2008
The Point of Zazen
The Point of Zazen as found in "Beyond Thinking" on Dogen by Kazuaki Tananhashi. This evening we explore Dogen witho...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 20, 2008
The Point of Zazen 2 and The King of Samadhis
Second talk on The Point of Zazen as well as a talk on The King of Samadhis as found in "Beyond Thinking - A Guide to...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 27, 2008
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 1
Norman's first on talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three tran...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 19, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 2
Norman's second talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transl...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 26, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 3
Norman's third talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transla...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 02, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 4
Norman's fourth talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman shares this talk w...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 09, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 5
Norman's fifth and last talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 16, 2009
GenjoKoan 2009 - 1
First talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this series. N...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 30, 2009
GenjoKoan 2009 - 3
Third talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this series. N...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 14, 2009
GenjoKoan 2009 - 4
Fourth talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this series. ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 21, 2009
GenjoKoan 2009 - 5
Fifth and last talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 28, 2009
GenjoKoan Bellingham 2009-1 - To Study the Self
First talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 10, 2009
GenjoKoan Bellingham 2009-2 - Drop Body and Mind
Second talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 10, 2009
GenjoKoan Bellingham 2009-3 - Boat Firewood and Ash
Third talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 11, 2009
GenjoKoan Bellingham 2009-4 - Moon In a Dewdrop
Fourth and final talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 11, 2009
Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance 1
Norman gives his first talk on the Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance based on Dogen's text found in "Moon in a D...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 02, 2010
Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance 2
Norman gives the second talk on the Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance based on Dogen's text found in "Moon in a ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 16, 2010
Degen's Continuous Practice - All day Sitting June 27, 2010
Norman speaks on Dogen's "Continuous Practice". This work is also referred to as "gyoji" in Japanese and is a fascicl...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 27, 2010
Dogen's Continuous Practice 2
Norman gives the second talk in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin....
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 20, 2010
Dogen's Continuous Practice 3
Norman gives the third of a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" given at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin....
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 21, 2010
Dogen's Continuous Practice 4
Norman gives the fourth talk in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" given at the Samish Island 2010 Se...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 22, 2010
Dogen's Continuous Practice 5
Norman gives the fifth in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin. This ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 23, 2010
Dogen's Continuous Practice 6
Norman gives the sixth and last talk in a series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin. ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 24, 2010
Meditation Practice and Intimacy 2 - Fukanzazengi
Norman leads the All Day Sitting in his second and concluding talk on Meditation Practice and Intimacy based on Dogen...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 23, 2010
Dogen's Buddha Nature 2
Norman gives his first talk in the series on Dogen's "Buddha Nature" as found in "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye - Z...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 10, 2011
Dogen's Buddha Nature 4
Norman gives his second and final talk on Dogen's Buddha Nature as found in "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye - Zen Ma...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 24, 2011
Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra 1
Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon In a Dewdrop" ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 31, 2011
Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra 2
Norman gives the second talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon in a DewDrop"...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 07, 2011
Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra 3
Norman gives the third talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon in a DewDrop" ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 21, 2011
Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra 6
Norman gives the sixth talk on Dogen's Mountains and Waters Sutra to the Dharma Seminar as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 12, 2011
Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way Part 1 - Talk 2 Mar de Jade April 2013
Norman gives the second talk at the Mar de Jade April 2013 Sesshin on Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way (Part 1...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Apr 07, 2013
Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way Part 2 - Talk 3 Mar de Jade April 2013
Norman gives the third talk at the Mar de Jade April 2003 Sesshin on Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way Part 2 a...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Apr 08, 2013
Dogen On Karma
Norman gives the first talk of the series on Dogen on Karma to the Dharma Seminar.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 07, 2013
Dogen on Karma 3
Norman gives the third talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.
Aug 21, 2013
Dogen on Karma 4
Norman gives the fourth talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 28, 2013
Dogen on Karma 5
Jay Simoneaux gives the fifth talk in the Dogen on Karma series.
Jay Simoneaux
Sep 04, 2013
Dogen on Karma 6
Norman gives the sixth talk of the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 11, 2013
Dogen on Karma 7
Norman gives the seventh and last talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 18, 2013
Dogen's Point of Zazen 1
Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 05, 2013
Dogen's Point of Zazen 2
Norman gives the second talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 05, 2013
Dogen's Point of Zazen 3
Norman gives the third talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 05, 2013
Dogen's Point of Zazen 4
Noreman gives the fourth talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 05, 2013
Dogen's Point of Zazen 5
Norman gives the fifth talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 05, 2013
Dogen's Point of Zazen 6
Norman gives the sixth and last talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 06, 2013
Living by Vow - Prajnaparamita Sutra 3
Norman gives his third talk on the Prajnaparamita Sutra as found in the book Living by Vow by Shohaku Okumura.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 16, 2013

Texts

 
Title
Description
Author/Lecturer
Date

Download
Dogen's Bendowa (Part 1 of 3)
Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 04, 2001
Dogen's Bendowa (Part 2 of 3)
Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 05, 2001
Dogen's Bendowa (Part 3 of 3)
Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 06, 2001
Face to Face
Talk on Dogen's work entitled Face to Face from Moon from the book Moon in a Dewdrop.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 22, 2006
Fukanzazengi 1
Talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 21, 2006
Fukanzazengi 2
Second talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 22, 2006
Fukanzazengi 3
Third talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jun 23, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 1 of 4)
This talk was given in Vancouver May 13, 2006, and replaces the first Dharma Seminar talk which was not recorded. ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 13, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 2 of 4)
Part Two of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic wo...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 10, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 3 of 4)
Part Three of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 17, 2006
Genjokoan - Dharma Seminar (Talk 4 of 4)
Part Four of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic w...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 24, 2006
Dogen Great Enlightenment 1
First talk on Great Enlightenment by Dogen as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to Zen Meditation by Zen Master Doge...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 01, 2008
Dogen Great Enlightenment 2
Talk on Dogen's "Great Enlightenment" as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 15, 2008
Dogen on Truth - Second talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008
Dogen on Truth - Second talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's "Dotoku" or "Expressing the ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 20, 2008
Dogen on Truth Part 2 - Third talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008
Dogen on Truth Part 2 - Third talk of St. Dorothy's Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's writing of "Dotoku"...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 21, 2008
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 1
Norman's first on talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three tran...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 19, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 2
Norman's second talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transl...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 26, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 3
Norman's third talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transla...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 02, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 4
Norman's fourth talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman shares this talk w...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 09, 2009
Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 5
Norman's fifth and last talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 16, 2009
Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra 1
Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon In a Dewdrop" ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 31, 2011
Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra 2
Norman gives the second talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon in a DewDrop"...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 07, 2011
Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way Part 1 - Talk 2 Mar de Jade April 2013
Norman gives the second talk at the Mar de Jade April 2013 Sesshin on Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way (Part 1...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Apr 07, 2013
Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way Part 2 - Talk 3 Mar de Jade April 2013
Norman gives the third talk at the Mar de Jade April 2003 Sesshin on Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way Part 2 a...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Apr 08, 2013
Dogen on Karma 3
Norman gives the third talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.
Aug 21, 2013