Movie about Dogen's life

Movie about Dogen's life

Postby Luke » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:13 pm

Here is a movie about Zen master Dogen's life (you need to switch on the English subtitles)



I'm sure that the movie has its problems, but I found it quite beautiful and inspiring. Maybe it will inspire other people, too. :namaste:
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:23 am

Here it is with English & Chinese subtitles:
but parts in the beginning are also spoken in Chinese. Did Dogen speak both languages?
在這裡,它是具有中國字幕:
在这里,它是具有中国字幕:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5fyZHwghe4
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:40 am

I just got done watching. WOW what a great film! Really well done too.
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby jikai » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:32 am

Indeed it is a great film. However, the Chinese at the beginning is quite difficult to watch. I can speak a bit of Mandarin and let me put it this way- I needed subtitles to understand a lot of it :-P. And technically speaking, spoken Chinese at the time would be closer to Modern Cantonese. Nevertheless, excellent movie!
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby Jikan » Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:22 pm

PadmaVonSamba wrote:Here it is with English & Chinese subtitles:
but parts in the beginning are also spoken in Chinese. Did Dogen speak both languages?
在這裡,它是具有中國字幕:
在这里,它是具有中国字幕:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5fyZHwghe4


Not sure how well Dogen spoke Chinese, but to the best of my understanding, he was able to communicate freely with Chinese people who had no Japanese language. I don't know the extent to which this was mediated through the written word.
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby SonofRage » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:37 pm

Dogen did train in China and I can't imagine they taught him in Japanese.
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby jikai » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:53 pm

Like many other Japanese masters who trained in China, it's highly likely he used the written language as his primary means of communication. Written Chinese has always been the lingua franca, the Latin of the East if you will.
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby Jamyang_Tsering » Mon May 19, 2014 1:27 am

I have seen this one realy good movie. :applause:
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Re: Movie about Dogen's life

Postby Aduro » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:18 pm

Luke wrote:Here is a movie about Zen master Dogen's life (you need to switch on the English subtitles)

I'm sure that the movie has its problems, but I found it quite beautiful and inspiring. Maybe it will inspire other people, too. :namaste:


The part with the shogun and the moon had given me a serious moment of clarity/click. It was at a specific moment of the shogun, his blade, moon's reflection, zazen and impending death. The moment I experienced was like this.. :idea: :jawdrop: :o :shock: My attachments became illuminated and the understanding of what they create opened up a lot.

the shogun, the moon, the blade, zazen, no death...no death, no fear
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