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The Essential Dogen Audiobook

The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master

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Publisher's Summary

Eihei Dogen (1200 - 1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master's incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen - and inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions.

©2013 The San Francisco Zen Center (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    "Hard book to understand"

    The book is hard to follow. Sometimes was hard to understand the meaning of the narration.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jem 24/08/2016
    Jem 24/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "crystals have blossoms just like human trees"

    I achieved enlightenment; I don't understand and I don't want to understand. Does anyone understand or is there blind acceptance?

    ........... and there are myriads of myriads

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Sean
    Mooresville, NC, United States
    01/03/15
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    "A great performance of great wisdom."

    This was my first exposure to Dogen, and a highly recommend it to anyone on the path, or for anyone who has "attained". The guy has experienced the void of nothingness that creates the everythingness of the universe, and it speaks volumes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/01/15
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    "Great work on Dogen"

    Great narrator. Well structured even for a beginner. I would highly recommend this listen for those on the way. master Dogen paints a verbal work of art to help you to focus your mind. Not 1, not 2.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Phillpotts
    21/08/15
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    " One of Buddhism's most influential teachers."

    Dogen is mind-blowing. The narrator was passable, but put a little too much into it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy W. Adams
    USA
    19/04/15
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    "Dogen"
    Would you listen to The Essential Dogen again? Why?

    I will listen to The Essential Dogen again and I have already!


    What other book might you compare The Essential Dogen to and why?

    Living Buddha Living Christ, New Seeds of Contemplation.


    What about Brian Nishii’s performance did you like?

    It was relaxed and peacefully done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for the novice to the master meditator. If there is such a thing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence
    WA, usa
    16/02/15
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    "Enjoyably laughable."

    As a practitioner of the way, I found many delights in these expressions. With new and old teachings of dharma throughout the recording, it was possible to become immersed but not overwhelmed.

    This was my first encounter with Dogan as well as Brian Nishii and I intend it not to be the last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SEED7ROBI
    16/06/17
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    "Yes This Now. "

    third time listening full through. Will do many times again and again. IT IS ALL INSIDE OF YOU EVERYTHING IS YOU. ONENESS RESPECT.🙏

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    " this is planet earth"
    15/06/17
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    "Superb"

    Before enlightenment,chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. Zen mind, beginners mind. In the beginners mind there are many options, in the experts mind there are few. Mountains and rivers. Rivers and mountains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • IndyInAsiaPacific
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    08/06/17
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    "A Great Pearl of Little Price"

    For $1.95 (the price I paid for this Audible Audiobook) this may be, penny for penny, the greatest value I have ever received on a book of Religion / Philosophy.

    Many hours of The Great Dogen for less than 2 bucks is…Unsurpassable.

    I especially appreciate the performance of Brian Nishii, who did not clobber the Chinese, but rendered, in almost every case, accurate pronunciations of the Mandarin readings of the names of the Chinese Zen Masters, and the place names associated with them.

    To sum up:

    BUY THIS AUDIBLE AUDIOBOOK !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • agreenbuddha
    13/03/17
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    "Essential to but not easily accessible"

    Enlightening in parts, however, the analytics of Dogen's Koans could be made clearer for laypersons

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Wheeler
    Pennsylvania, USA
    01/02/17
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    "True Zen"

    Improves my perception of ultimate reality. Thank you!

    Would recommend to any practioner of the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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