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"This ebook is set the important principles of crucial Buddhist spokesman in jap historical past and is written by means of the most revered and authoritative of his interpreters. It displays a life of an expert and concerted brooding about Dogen." -- Francis H. cook dinner, college of California, Riverside

"It is a very awesome contribution to Dogen scholarship in addition to East-West comparative philosophy by means of some of the most unusual smooth eastern thinkers of our time. This makes for a strong and actually illuminating volume." -- Steve Odin, college of Hawaii

This entire translation of Masao Abe's essays on Dogen probes the center of the Zen master's philosophy and faith. This paintings analyzes Dogen's formative doubt about the inspiration of unique awakening because the foundation for his special approach to nonduality within the doctrines of the oneness of perform and attainment, the team spirit of beings and Buddha-nature, the simultaneity of time and eternity, and the identification of existence and dying. Abe additionally deals insightful, serious comparisons of Dogen and numerous Buddhist and Western thinkers, specifically Shinran and Heidegger.

"This is a crystal-clear dealing with of super tricky material. The analyses are sophisticated and while lucid. the writer has a profound and magnificent figuring out of Dogen and Shinran and is usually well-grounded in Western philosophy and religion." -- Joan Stambaugh, Hunter collage

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Attainment as ground, and practice as condition, are nondualistically identical in the realization of impermanence-Buddha-nature. In other words, Dogen's view of the oneness of practice and attainment,^that is, the ever-circulating way of continuous practice, does not indicate a mere reversible identity between attainment and practice, the Buddha-nature and becoming a buddha. Rather, it indicates a reversible identity, in which an absolute irreversibility between attainment and practice, the Buddha-nature and becoming a buddha, can be reversed by virtue of the nonsubstantiality of attainment and the emptiness of the Buddhanature.

As Dogen maintains: To practice and confirm all things by conveying one's self to them, is illusion; for all things to advance forward and practice and confirm the self, is enlightenment. 21 The self must be emptied, for all things to advance and confirm the self. Accordingly, "to forget one's self" is crucial. To forget one's self is nothing other than body-mind casting off. And when body-mind are cast off, the world and history are also cast off. " Further, "body-mind casting off" is not something negative.

In this respect Buddhism is quite different from Christianity. As the Genesis story shows, Christianity assigns to humans the task of ruling over all other creatures and ascribes to humans alone the imago dei through which they, unlike other creatures, can directly respond to the word of God. Human death is understood as the "wages of sin," the result of one's own free acts, that is, rebellion against the word of God. Here one can see anthropocentrism among creatures in Christianity. Accordingly, in Christianity there is a clear distinction between humans and other creatures regarding their nature and salvation, with the former having priority over the latter.

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