Dogen's Shinji Shobogenzo
Gudo Wafu Nishijima - Edited by Michael Luetchford & Jeremy Pearson
The Shinji Shobogenzo is a marvellous collection of 301 Zen koan stories
in three volumes that Master Dogen collected during his four-year stay
in China. The stories
are written in Chinese, and are records of conversations between Buddhist masters
and their students. Master Dogen used many of these stories as the basis for
his formal lectures in his major work, the Shobogenzo.
Nishijima Roshi has published a complete translation and commentary on the
stories in Japanese, and he first dictated an English translation to three
of his students
in the early 1980s, together with a commentary on each story. This translation
was to be produced in three volumes, but only the first of the three volumes
was published, and that volume is now long out of print. This new, completely
revised version comprises all three volumes in one edition, together with Master
Nishijima's refreshingly down-to-earth explanations of the stories.
The Shinji Shobogenzo is an essential collection that encompasses many of the
well-known koan stories, with many interesting and less familiar ones, together
with the comments of a contemporary Buddhist master renowned for his clear
and no-nonsense approach.
ISBN 0 9523002 6 5 386 pages, paperback, 229mm x 152mm
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