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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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Concerning Excellence

Concerning Excellence

Chapter:
(p.72) Chapter Six Concerning Excellence
Source:
Purifying Zen
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Steve Bein

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835101.003.0006

This chapter discusses Dōgen's views about moral excellence. For Dōgen, dominating one's innate desires was a necessary condition for embodying the truth. Once innate desires have been conquered, even the tiny world within each of us can reveal a state of limitless freedom. Whereas Shinran simply preached the possibility of forgiving evil, Dōgen emphasized strong self-discipline through the precepts. Japanese Buddhism used the idea of “innate desires as buddhahood” to create a certain harmony between everyday practices and Buddhist ideals. Dōgen makes a distinction between the excellences of the clergy and the excellences of laypeople. This chapter also considers what Dōgen has to say about filial piety, absolute truth, and following Buddha's way.

Keywords:   moral excellence, Dōgen, truth, self-discipline, Japanese Buddhism, innate desires, clergy, laypeople, filial piety, Buddha

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