Master 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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