The Living Nature of Emptiness

…whatever else might be true of emptiness, Shobogenzo attributes it with at least these positive characteristics: Emptiness is present in/as existence-time Emptiness is differentiated Emptiness is active Emptiness is sentient Emptiness is intelligible Emptiness is communicable Even after this short foray into Dogen’s treatment of emptiness, it is clear that his vision cannot be understood Read More …

Dogen on Zen Sectarianism

Dogen on Zen Sectarianism Do not concede that the Buddha-Dharma might even exist among people who claim to be ‘the Zen sect.’ Who has invented the name ‘Zen sect’? None of the buddhas and ancestral masters has ever used the name ‘Zen sect.’ Shobogenzo, Butsudo, Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross The identification of Dogen’s doctrine Read More …

Dogen and the Significance of Hee-Jin Kim’s Works

Since the 1970’s, when a genuine interest in the writings of Dogen began in earnest, only one English language book has adequately conveyed a comprehensive elucidation of Dogen’s doctrine and methodology Read More …