- From Nagarjuna to Dogen -
Michael Eido Luetchford
In this new translation from the Sanskrit of Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika,
the author seeks to interpret this important Buddhist text through the teachings
of Dogen Zenji as found in the Shobogenzo.
The book is in three sections. The introduction to the book comprises a discussion
of the basic principles taught by Nagarjuna and Dogen, which includes discussions
under the headings of; The Abstraction of Reality, The Buddhist
State - Action at the Present Moment, The Four Views in Nagarjuna
and Dogen, Division of Reality into Subject and Object, Existence
and Non-existence - The Mutual Opposition Between Two Views in Early Buddhism,
and information about the translation process, which includes an explanation
of the most important Sanskrit terms.
Part I contains an interpretative version of each verse of the translated
text, with a detailed chapter-by-chapter commentary that focuses on the
main thrusts of Nagarjuna's arguments.
Part II presents a complete translation of the Mulamadhyamakakarika, comprising
the Sanskrit verse, a complete vocabulary for the verse with a grammatical
analysis, followed by a rigorously literal translation into English. The
book contains frequent quotations from Dogen's Shobogenzo, fully referenced
Publication's 4-volume edition of this work.
" Throughout this translation, I have sought for Dogen`s meaning in
Nagarjuna's verses. Since Dogen`s explanation of Buddhist theory and practice
Shobogenzo is complete, it makes a reliable and entirely consistent basis on
interpret Nagarjuna, particularly as Dogen claims to be expounding the
teachings of the patriarchs in his lineage, of whom Nagarjuna is one. It is my
that Nagarjuna taught the same truth that Dogen did. It is my hope that
the reader will find in this book some real and practical understanding of the
nature of the truth taught by these two great masters, an understanding
makes sense in today's world."
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Between Heaven and Earth - From Nagarjuna to Dogen
by Michael Eido Luetchford
ISBN 0 9523002 5 7
328 pages, paperback, 229mm x 152mm
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