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Enlightenment unfolds : the essential teachings of Zen Master Dogen
Dōgen, 1200-1253.
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Boston, Mass. : Shambhala, 1999.
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viii, 311 pages ; 24 cm
Emergence of the true dharma eye, 1223-1235 -- Raising sages, 1235-1246 -- Great awakened ones, 1243-1246 -- Eternal peace, 1246-1253.
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     Enlightenment Unfoldsis a sequel to Kaz Tanahashi's previous collection,Moon in a Dewdrop,which has become a primary source on Dogen for Western Zen students. Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) is unquestionably the most significant religious figure in Japanese history. Founder of the Soto school of Zen (which emphasizes the practice ofzazenor sitting meditation), he was a prolific writer whose works have remained popular for six hundred years.Enlightenment Unfoldspresents even more of the incisive and inspiring writings of this seminal figure, focusing on essays from his great life work,Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, as well as poems, talks, and correspondence, much of which appears here in English for the first time.      Tanahashi has brought together his own translations of Dogen with those of some of the most respected Zen teachers and writers of our own day, including Reb Anderson, Edward Espe Brown, Norman Fisher, Gil Fronsdal, Blanche Hartman, Jane Hirschfield, Daniel Leighton, Alan Senauke, Katherine Thanas, Mel Weitzman, and Michael Wenger.      

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Tanahashi is a writer and painter whose earlier collection, Moon in a Dewdrop (1985; Weatherhill, 1995. reprint) served as an introduction to the work of Dogen for many Western readers. This sequel collection draws from the complete range of Dogen's writing. Some pieces have been widely translated and will be familiar to students of Zen, others have been reprinted from Moon in a Dewdrop, and still others appear here in English for the first time. Tanahashi worked with a number of co-translators, all of them Zen practitioners in Dogen's lineage, and the result is an accessible and admirably consistent text. This is particularly impressive given the somewhat eccentric nature of Dogen's prose, which can approach poetry and as a vehicle for Zen teachings often exists at the outer limits of the usefulness of language in conveying meaning. Students of Zen will find this text essential, and it is also recommended for collections with an interest in Asian studies or comparative religion.‘Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.