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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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(p.1) Introductions
Purifying Zen

Steve Bein

University of Hawai'i Press

This book is the first English translation of Watsuji Tetsurō's Shamon Dōgen, an introductory text intended to reacquaint Japan with one of its greatest minds: Dōgen. About eight centuries ago, Dōgen, a young monk from the Kansai region of Japan, thought that the Buddhism practiced in his homeland was hopelessly corrupt and decided to do something about. He traveled to China in an attempt to find a purer form of Buddhism. When he returned home, Dōgen became a founding father of Sōtō Zen, which remains the largest Zen sect in Japan. Paradoxically, Dōgen slipped into obscurity and his work all but vanished. This introduction provides a glimpse into the lives of Watsuji and Dōgen.

Keywords:   Watsuji Tetsurō, Shamon Dōgen, Japan, Dōgen, Buddhism, China, Sōtō Zen

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