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Purifying ZenWatsuji Tetsuro's Shamon Dogen$
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Tetsuro Watsuji

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835101

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835101.001.0001

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Reading Shamon Dōgen

Reading Shamon Dōgen

A Tourist’s Guide

Chapter:
(p.119) Reading Shamon Dōgen
Source:
Purifying Zen
Author(s):

Steve Bein

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835101.003.0010

This chapter presents a tourist's guide to reading Shamon Dōgen. It first considers the nature of faith and the role of responsibility in Watsuji Tetsurō's vision of Dōgen's Zen. It then explains the technical terms of Dōgen's philosophy that Watsuji rarely employs directly but whose influence is significant nonetheless. Examples of these terms are body–mind, non-ego, and impermanence. Included in this analysis of terminology is a brief discussion of the role of written language itself in Dōgen's philosophy based on an apparent contradiction: Dōgen, an accomplished poet, spurns efforts at writing poetry. Finally, the chapter examines important beliefs shared by Watsuji and Dōgen, suggesting that perhaps some of the themes in Watsuji's later philosophy first took root as he delved into Dōgen's ideas.

Keywords:   faith, Shamon Dōgen, responsibility, Watsuji Tetsurō, Dōgen, Zen, body–mind, non-ego, impermanence, written language

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