Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 December 2008

208 Pages

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195383379

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Visions of Awakening Space and Time

Dōgen and the Lotus Sutra

Taigen Dan Leighton

As a religion concerned with eternal salvation, Zen is based on and grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital, ephemeral agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview through the writings of the Zen master Eihei Dōgen (1200-1253), considered the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, which is now spreading in many places in the West. Broader awareness of D?gen's worldview and its implications, says Leighton, is helpful for a modern understanding of Zen and Mah?y?na praxis, and is relevant to contemporary environmental and ethical concerns..


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