By Masao Abe
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This is an interesting and critical choice of essays by way of Masao Abe at the works of the thirteenth century Zen grasp, Eihei Dogen, the founding father of Soto Zen in Japan.
Selected from over two decades of analysis and scholarship, the editor, Steve Heine, has performed an exceptional activity in formatting and outlining the paintings of this significant Dogen scholar.
Abe's paintings on Dogen (1200-1253) is moment in basic terms to Hee-Jin Kim's crucial stories. After Watsuji Tetsuro pried Dogen's paintings from sectarian concealment in 1926, the scholarly neighborhood, astounded via the intensity and huge nature with which this nice Zen grasp handled the philosophy, faith, and culture of Buddhism, were mining its treasures ever since.
These essay of Abe provide a few the main subtle gold, in addition to feedback for destiny examine. renowned for his efforts in Christian/Buddhist and West/East dialogues, Abe deals the normal view of Dogen's works, in addition to suggesting attainable parallel principles within the West.
This booklet bargains reviews on a variety of Dogen's teachings, together with life/death, practice/enlightenment, the that means of Buddha Nature, and the character of Space/Time.
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A pine tree, for instance, is not a mode of < iod as Substance, but a mode of "what," namely a mode without modifier. Therefore, a pine tree is really a pine tree in itself, no more and no less. " Again, thought is not an attribute of God as Substance, but an attribute of what," an attribute not attributed to anything. Accordingly, thought is just thought in itself, no more and no less. ," the question directly pointed to Huai-jang himsell as an independent and individualized personality that will not allow surrogation.
In short, although both attainment (the Buddha-nature) and practice (becoming a buddha) are equally real and equally Indispensable to human existence, the former is so as the ground, whereas the latter is so as the condition or occasion. Attainment and practice—the Buddha-nature and becoming a buddha—are inseparable from one another, and yet the former has priority over the latter. In order not to abstract from the concreteness of the matter, however, one must not miss the distinction between "that which must be the ground" and "that which must be the occasion" as well as their irreversible relationship.
However, this is not the case only for him. " Like Dogen's idea of the Buddha-nature, Spinoza's idea of God is eternally infinite, absolutely self-sufficient, self-determining, and self-dependent. However, for Spinoza, the monist par excellence, the relationship between the One Substance and the multiplicity of finite beings is understood deductively. In marked contrast to this, in Dogen the relationship between Buddha-nature and all finite beings is not deductive, but nondualistic, precisely because the Buddha-nature is not One Substance.
A Study of Dogen: His Philosophy and Religion by Masao Abe