Shobogenzo Recommendations

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CicadaCanto
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Shobogenzo Recommendations

Post by CicadaCanto » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:22 pm

I am interested in Dogen and his Shobogenzo. I have read small portions in translation. There are "Amazon reviews" and the reviews that practitioners would make. :smile: I am soliciting recommendations on a) translations of the Shobogenzo and b) books on Dogen's life and dharma works.

Thank you for your attention.

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Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

Post by dialectbird » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:46 am

Perhaps read a smaller body of text, containing some of Dogen writings from the Shobogenzo. This is something I have also considered endeavoring for some time. I would recommend ‘Moon in a Dewdrop’.
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Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:38 pm

CicadaCanto wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:22 pm
I am interested in Dogen and his Shobogenzo. I have read small portions in translation. There are "Amazon reviews" and the reviews that practitioners would make. :smile: I am soliciting recommendations on a) translations of the Shobogenzo and b) books on Dogen's life and dharma works.

Thank you for your attention.
Cannot appraise the accuracy of the translation, but I trust the Japanese publisher BDK. Note this blurb about volume one, in the upper right is a button for the free download of a pdf formatted volume. The other three vols. can also be downloaded or one can buy the printed books.

http://www.bdkamerica.org/book/shōbōgen ... y-volume-i
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Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

Post by Kanji » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:55 pm

'the true Dharma eye:Zen Master Dogen' s three hundred Koans' translated by John Daido Loori Roshi is excellent.

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Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

Post by narhwal90 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:43 pm

I've been reading the Nearman translation from Shasta Abbey 2007, 1100+ pages available in pdf- its a long read, I've found it very interesting thus far :)

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Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

Post by Kanji » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:54 am

Kazuaki Tanahashi has translated the whole thing, along with others, Shambala have brought out a nice two volume edition I notice, it's a bit pricey though, depends on the depth of your pockets! If your pockets are limited, like mine, Enlightenment Unfolds is brilliant :broke:

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Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

Post by WuMing » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:10 pm

Hee-Jin Kim's translation Flowers of Emptiness - Selections from Dogen's Shobogenzo
". . . an incisive and penetrating analysis of Dogen's techniques of writing, demonstrating a superb mastery of Japanese Dogen scholarship. . . . a sensitive reading of the text that captures the `tantalizingly elusive, . . . brilliant, exquisite, evocative' texture of the original." - Philosophy East and West
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