Expressing Zen and Expressions of Zen…

  Expressing Zen and Expressions of Zen…   As I have often noted in the present work and elsewhere, the single most original and seminal aspect of Dogen’s Zen is his treatment of the role of language in Zen soteriology. Hee-Jin Kim, Dogen on Meditation and Thinking, p.59 If Dogen critics and scholars are in Read More …

Gratitude for Dogen Kigen: Mystical Realist and Bodhisattva Hee-Jin Kim

In Grateful Thanks to the Bodhisattva Hee-Jin Kim In 1975 many brought up on notions of Zen as “a special transmission outside of written teachings” were literally (pun intended) knocked off their cushions. 1975 was the year that Hee-Jin Kim’s landmark book, Dogen Kigen: Mystical Realist (revised and reissued as, Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist) was published. Professor Read More …

Dogen on the Gate of Skillful Means

Dogen on the Gate of Skillful Means     The underlying principle of momentarily opening the Gate of Skillful Means involves opening It by opening the whole universe. At the very moment when you catch sight of the opening of the whole universe, it will be something that you have never encountered before. By our Read More …