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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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Shinran’s Compassion and Dōgen’s Compassion

Shinran’s Compassion and Dōgen’s Compassion

(p.61) Chapter Five Shinran’s Compassion and Dōgen’s Compassion
Purifying Zen

Steve Bein

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses Shinran's concept of compassion and compares it with Dōgen's compassion. For Shinran, compassion is the image of the absolute being. The compassion that he teaches is a great love that “cannot belong to humans.” His emphasis was not on the relationship of person to person but rather the relationship of people to love itself. The chapter also considers the distinction between the karma that controls humans and the humans that are controlled by karma; Shinran's preaching about Amida Buddha's compassion toward human beings; and Shinran's views about evil. Finally, it explains Dōgen's idea of “seeking the truth for the truth's sake,” along with his claim that body–mind must be abandoned for the sake of the Dharma, how his compassion handles the problem of evil, and what he has to say about “filial piety.”

Keywords:   compassion, Shinran, Dōgen, love, karma, evil, truth, body-mind, Dharma, filial piety

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