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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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The First Sermon

The First Sermon

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(p.45) Chapter Three The First Sermon
Source:
Purifying Zen
Author(s):

Steve Bein

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835101.003.0003

This chapter talks about Dōgen's first sermon. Having finished his period of self-cultivation in China, Dōgen returned to Japan at age twenty-eight. He found Kyoto to be far from a peaceful capital. He then moved into An'yōin, a deserted temple in the Fukakusa district, where he began his efforts to establish his kingdom of truth amid miserable conditions around him caused by famine. Instead of aiding the starving and suffering people, Dōgen stayed in his abandoned temple in Fukakusa, doing zazen or preaching on the way. It was in this temple that Dōgen wrote the first fascicle of his magnum opus, the Shōbōgenzō. The chapter also considers Dōgen's views about the rise of Buddhism during the period.

Keywords:   zazen, Fukakusa, Dōgen, sermon, Kyoto, An'yōin, famine, preaching, Shōbōgenzō, Buddhism

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