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Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community


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List of Illustrations Foreword by Ikko Narasaki Roshi Foreword by Jusan Kainei Edward Brown Acknowledgments Introduction by Taigen Daniel Leighton Overview of Dogen's Writings The Role of Community in Buddhism Alignment with Nature Cultural Adaptation and Expression Introductions to the Individual Essays Chan Stories and the Soto Use of Koans Significance of the Eihei Shingi in Dogen's Teaching and Practice Contemporary Understandings of Dogen's Historical Context Earlier Monastic Codes The Textual History of the Eihei Shingi Development of Standards for the Community in the Keizan Shingi Translation Issues: Gender and Pronouns Dogen's Use of Language Glossaries and Notes Personal Experience of the Monastic Container Conclusion The Pure Standards of Eihei Dogen Zenji [Eihei Shingi] Instructions for the Tenzo (Tenzokykun) The Model for Engaging the Way (Bendoho) The Dharma for Taking Food (Fushukuhanpo) Regulations for the Study Hall (Shuryo Shingi) The Dharma when Meeting Senior Instructors of Five Summer Practice Periods (Taitaiko Gogejariho) Pure Standards for the Temple Administrators (Chiji Shingi) Director [Kan'in] Ino [Supervisor of Monks] Tenzo [Chief Cook] Work Leader [Shissui] Appendix: Afterword to the Shohon Edition Glossary of Japanese Terms Glossary and Index of Names Lineage Charts Selected Bibliography The Translators

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Taigen Daniel Leighton is a priest and teaches at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Muir Beach, California. He also teaches at the Institute of Buddhist Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. Shohaku Okumura is Chief Priest and Head Teacher at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center.


"Dogen's Pure Standards is a very careful and readable translation of a very important work by Dogen which has just begun to receive attention. This text, a compilation of essays from different stages in his career concerning the rules and regulations of monastic life, is crucial for an understanding of Dogen's overall approach to Zen. The annotations the translators provide are very helpful for understanding the historical context of the main work. In short, this is a 'must read' for those interested in studies of Dogen, Zen, and Japanese Buddhism." - Steven Heine, Chair, East Asian Studies, The Pennsylvania State University "This book represents the best translation so far of a famous collection of essays that provide a great deal of concrete information on the practice of Zen monasticism." -- Carl Bielefeldt, Stanford University

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