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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 Method and Meaning of Self-Cultivation

The Method and Meaning of Self-Cultivation

(p.52) Chapter Four The Method and Meaning of Self-Cultivation
Purifying Zen

Steve Bein

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the method and meaning of self-cultivation according to Dōgen. At the heart of Dōgen's teachings is the manifestation of eternal values. Therefore, the destruction of all worldly values must be the starting point of his project. Dōgen expressed this destruction of worldly values through the traditional Buddhist expression “You should contemplate impermanence.” The destruction of the values of this world is nothing but a reversal of values in order to attain this ideal life right away. This reversal of worldly values gave birth to the search for the eternal value of truth. The chapter talks about Dōgen's advocacy of single-minded zazen as the core of Buddhist practice and reveals that the proper attitude of Dōgen's self-cultivation is strictly defined in terms of self-power and enlightenment. It also considers the difference between Pure Land Buddhism and Dōgen's Buddhism.

Keywords:   self-cultivation, impermanence, Dōgen, eternal values, worldly values, zazen, self-power, enlightenment, Pure Land Buddhism, Buddhism

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