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Dogen

Birthdate: 19. January 1200
Date of death: 22. September 1253

Dōgen Zenji , also known as Dōgen Kigen , Eihei Dōgen , Kōso Jōyō Daishi , or Busshō Dentō Kokushi , was a Japanese Buddhist priest, writer, poet, philosopher, and founder of the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.

Originally ordained as a monk in the Tendai School in Kyoto, he was ultimately dissatisfied with its teaching and traveled to China to seek out what he believed to be a more authentic Buddhism. He remained there for five years, finally training under Tiantong Rujing, an eminent teacher of the Chinese Caodong lineage. Upon his return to Japan, he began promoting the practice of zazen through literary works such as Fukan zazengi and Bendōwa.

He eventually broke relations completely with the powerful Tendai School, and, after several years of likely friction between himself and the establishment, left Kyoto for the mountainous countryside where he founded the monastery Eihei-ji, which remains the head temple of the Sōtō school today.

Dōgen is known for his extensive writing including his most famous work, the collection of 95 essays called the Shōbōgenzō, but also Eihei Kōroku, a collection of his talks, poetry, and commentaries, and Eihei Shingi, the first Zen monastic code written in Japan, among others. Wikipedia

Works

„A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself.“

—  Dogen

Source: How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment

„But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.“

—  Dogen

As translated in The Zen Poetry of Dōgen : Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace (1997) by Steven Heine, p. 61

„Just study Buddhism. Don't follow the sentiments of the world.“

—  Dogen

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Shobogenzo Zuimonki (1238)

„It is only due to a lack of heart for the Way and a lack of skill in handling their daily conduct that people become vainly tied to fame and gain.“

—  Dogen, book Shōbōgenzō

"Shobogenzo: The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Teaching" http://www.shastaabbey.org/pdf/shobo/029gyoji.pdf (2007) by Rev. Hubert Nearman, O.B.C. Chapter 29, p. 421

„People who truly follow the Way would do well to conceal the fact that they are Buddhists.“

—  Dogen

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Shobogenzo Zuimonki (1238)

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