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 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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a sample koan
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