## 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.

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A secondary text for the philosophically/academically minded: Academic discussion of Dogen’s use of the koan tradition

More translations from Shobogenzo and other Dogen texts.

Translations of Shobogenzo chapters (Dogen’s most important work)

A secondary text for the philosophically/academically minded: Brilliant philosophical exegesis of Dogen’s thought....

The better of the two currently available translations of all four volumes of Shobogenzo.

More Dogen, but with an emphasis on meditation practice as theme. Lengthy introduction by Zoketsu.

Secondary text for the philosophically/academically minded: A sequel to "Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist". Equally strong.

More detail than you ever wanted to know about Dogens career.

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Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...

Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...

Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...

Talk on Dogen's work entitled Face to Face from Moon from the book Moon in a Dewdrop.

Talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen

Second talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen

Third talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen.

This talk was given in Vancouver May 13, 2006, and replaces the first Dharma Seminar talk which was not recorded. ...

Part Two of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic wo...

Part Three of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic ...

Part Four of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic w...

Part One of Two Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given in Vancouver 2006

Part Two of Two Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given in Vancouver 2006

First in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007

Second in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007

Third in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007

Fourth in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007

Fifth in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007

Sixth in six part series on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop" given Felsentor Switzerland 2007

Talk on reflections on Dogen

First talk on Great Enlightenment by Dogen as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to Zen Meditation by Zen Master Doge...

Talk on Dogen's "Great Enlightenment" as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Dogen on Practice Period as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Dogen on Truth - Second talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's "Dotoku" or "Expressing the ...

Dogen on Truth Part 2 - Third talk of St. Dorothy's Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's writing of "Dotoku"...

Shuso Chris Fortin talks on Dogen's "Dragon Song" as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

First talk on Dogen's "Recommending Zazen to All People" or "Fukanzazengi" as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to ...

Second talk on Dogen's "Recommending Zazen to All People" or "Fukanzazengi" as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to...

Second Talk on Tenzo Kyokun or Instructions for the Zen Cook by Dogen as found in "From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenm...

The Point of Zazen as found in "Beyond Thinking" on Dogen by Kazuaki Tananhashi. This evening we explore Dogen witho...

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...

Norman's first on talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three tran...

Norman's second talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transl...

Norman's third talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transla...

Norman's fourth talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman shares this talk w...

Norman's fifth and last talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three...

First talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this series. N...

Third talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this series. N...

Fourth talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this series. ...

Fifth and last talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan 2009 series. Norman refers to Suzuki Roshi and other commentaries in this ...

First talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".

Second talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".

Third talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".

Fourth and final talk on Dogen's Genjo Koan as found in "Moon In A Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahasi".

Norman gives his first talk on the Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance based on Dogen's text found in "Moon in a D...

Norman gives the second talk on the Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance based on Dogen's text found in "Moon in a ...

Norman speaks on Dogen's "Continuous Practice". This work is also referred to as "gyoji" in Japanese and is a fascicl...

Norman gives the second talk in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin....

Norman gives the third of a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" given at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin....

Norman gives the fourth talk in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" given at the Samish Island 2010 Se...

Norman gives the fifth in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin. This ...

Norman gives the sixth and last talk in a series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin. ...

Norman leads the All Day Sitting in his second and concluding talk on Meditation Practice and Intimacy based on Dogen...

Norman gives his first talk in the series on Dogen's "Buddha Nature" as found in "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye - Z...

Norman gives his second and final talk on Dogen's Buddha Nature as found in "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye - Zen Ma...

Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon In a Dewdrop" ...

Norman gives the second talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon in a DewDrop"...

Norman gives the third talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon in a DewDrop" ...

Norman gives the sixth talk on Dogen's Mountains and Waters Sutra to the Dharma Seminar as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi...

Norman gives the second talk at the Mar de Jade April 2013 Sesshin on Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way (Part 1...

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...

Norman gives the first talk of the series on Dogen on Karma to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives the third talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives the fourth talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.

Jay Simoneaux gives the fifth talk in the Dogen on Karma series.

Norman gives the sixth talk of the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar

Norman gives the seventh and last talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.

Norman gives the second talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.

Norman gives the third talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.

Noreman gives the fourth talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center

Norman gives the fifth talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center

Norman gives the sixth and last talk on Dogen's Point of Zazen to the Upaya Zen Center.

Norman gives his third talk on the Prajnaparamita Sutra as found in the book Living by Vow by Shohaku Okumura.

Norman Fischer gives his first talk on Dogen's Immo -- "Suchness"-- at the Dharma Seminar on October 1, 2014

Norman Fischer gives a second talk on the Bodhisattva's four methods of guidance -- giving, kind speech, beneficial a...

Norman gives his fourth talk at the Angela Center Session 2015 on Dogen's Zazen.

Sue Moon give the first talk on Dogen's classic "Painting of a Rice-cake" as found in "Moon in a Dewdrop" by Kazuaki ...

Norman gives the second talk on Dogen's "Painting of a Rice Cake" as found in "Moon in a Dewdrop" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

This is the third talk in the April 2016 Bay Area Dharma Seminar's study of Dogen's "Painting Of A Rice Cake" with No...

Norman gives the third talk on Dogen's "Painting Of A Rice Cake," at the Bay Area Dharma Seminar on April 6, 2016.

Norman gives the third talk for the Bay Area Dharma Seminar on Dogen's, "Painting Of A Rice Cake" on April 6, 2016.

Norman gives his first talk to the Mountain Rain Zen Community on Dogen's "Dotoku" "Expression".

Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's "Genjo Koan" in the 2017 series given to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives his second talk in the Genjo Koan 2017 series to the Dharma Seminar

Norman gives the fourth talk in the Genjokoan 2017 series to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives the fifth talk in the Genjokoan 2017 series to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives his sixth talk in the Genjokoan 2017 series to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives the seven talk on Dogen's Genjokoan to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives the eighth and last talk of Dogen's Genjokoan 2017 series to the Dharma Seminar, Due to equipment probl...

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Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...

Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...

Drawing on Dogen’s teaching, Zoketsu describes zazen as the essence of Zen practice, beyond just the practice of si...

Talk on Dogen's work entitled Face to Face from Moon from the book Moon in a Dewdrop.

Talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen

Second talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen

Third talk on Dogen's Fukanzazengi focusing on Zazen.

This talk was given in Vancouver May 13, 2006, and replaces the first Dharma Seminar talk which was not recorded. ...

Part Two of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic wo...

Part Three of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic ...

Part Four of Four Talks on Dogen's Genjokoan published in "Moon in a Dewdrop", one of his most important and poetic w...

First talk on Great Enlightenment by Dogen as found in "Beyond Thinking: a Guide to Zen Meditation by Zen Master Doge...

Talk on Dogen's "Great Enlightenment" as found in "Beyond Thinking" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Dogen on Truth - Second talk of St. Dorothy Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's "Dotoku" or "Expressing the ...

Dogen on Truth Part 2 - Third talk of St. Dorothy's Sesshin 2008. This talk os based on Dogen's writing of "Dotoku"...

Norman's first on talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three tran...

Norman's second talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transl...

Norman's third talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three transla...

Norman's fourth talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman shares this talk w...

Norman's fifth and last talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo". Norman uses three...

Norman speaks on Dogen's "Continuous Practice". This work is also referred to as "gyoji" in Japanese and is a fascicl...

Norman gives the second talk in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin....

Norman gives the third of a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" given at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin....

Norman gives the fourth talk in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" given at the Samish Island 2010 Se...

Norman gives the fifth in a six part series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin. This ...

Norman gives the sixth and last talk in a series on "Dogen's Continuous Practice" at the Samish Island 2010 Sesshin. ...

Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon In a Dewdrop" ...

Norman gives the second talk on Dogen's Mountain and Waters Sutra as found in Kazuaki Tanahashi's "Moon in a DewDrop"...

Norman gives the second talk at the Mar de Jade April 2013 Sesshin on Dogen's Guidelines for Study of the Way (Part 1...

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...

Norman gives the third talk on the Dogen on Karma series to the Dharma Seminar.

Norman gives his first talk to the Mountain Rain Zen Community on Dogen's "Dotoku" "Expression".

Norman gives the first talk on Dogen's "Genjo Koan" in the 2017 series given to the Dharma Seminar.