A book I recently got on my kindle and I would like to really recommand is the Esesential Dogen by Peter Levitt and Kaz Tanahashi. Yeap this is not the whole thing, just a bunch of extracts, quotes and bibs and bobs from the old Dogen, a reader s digest kind of version, but truly interesting if:
You want to be introduced to Dogen in a gentle and easy going way,
You are interested in the readers ' choices, what these guys have picked up is inspiring to say the least,
You have a few bucks to spend,
You would like to read the very interesting foreword of P. Levitt,
And that's it really.
Thanks. Having been separated from the paper volumes dogen will now appear on kindle phone whenever -)
Thank you Taigu, I have added it to my list. :)
On my ever expanding list of books. Thank you Taigu my favorite reads are that of Dogen
Just bought the book. Thanks.
Thank you Taigu you had me at easy introduction to Dogen
Thank you Taigu. I also very much recommend the poetry of Peter Levitt. I recently finished Within Within and was blown away.
A snowy heron
on the snow field
where winter grass is unseen
in its own figure
...from THE ESSENTIAL DOGEN...
Thank you Taigu. A more easily digestible look at Dogen for this constipated brain.
Wonderful book! Perfect for a dummy like me. :-)
Thank you for the tip!
The chapter titled THE ROBE is such a heartfelt reading: Dogen, in China sees for the first time ever the monks reciting the verse of the okesa before puting it on. Surprised at its simplicity, he cries at the beauty of the moment, such a short time, to put the kesa or rakus on.
Dogen is moved to tears of joy, and also regret at the same time, that no one had told him before of this wonderful, living tradition bringing to the moment the entire transmission of realization from Shakyamuni on to him.
Tanahashi's translation is wonderfully alive. short, pithy and powerful.
Is this book the same in content as his Moon in a Dewdrop?
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no, it is not. It is a selection of short yet inspiring quotes from all the works of Dogen organized by themes such as : practice, wisdom, robe, time, space etc.
Thanks Taigu. A very useful book; well organised and edited. Let's the reader jump right in.
Originally Posted by Taigu
This book is extraordinary. Best intro to Dogen ever.
I'd like to add that if someone were to approach me and ask what books would be most important to start them on Dogen's way, I'd say this new book by Tanahashi/Levitt, Opening The Hand of Thought, and Realizing Genjokoan by Okumura.
Thanks Taigu! Gonna pick this one up today.
Originally Posted by acss1
Both titles above are solid practice material. I would add, as I have said before here, COMMENTARY ON GENJOKOAN edited by several teachers including Okamura Roshi. The last commentary is Uchiyama Roshi's and it is a master's grand piece (IMHO): what patience and compassion he shows for posterity in sharing these teachings so clearly. He does it as well in OPENING THE HAND OF THOUGHT.
REALISING is already a classic rounded up nicely by LIVING BY VOW. Okamura's nex book is on the Precepts and it shows this teacher's commitment to leaving a solid record of his experience, knowledge and passion for Dogen Zenji and Zen Buddhism and his dedication to teaching in the West.
What these teacher's have in common is a regard for zazen as the pivot point of Dogen's practice, with studies and ceremony important but zazen, it seems to me, central. Okamura was, as some may already know, Uchiyama Roshi's deciple.