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Japanese Master Eihei Dogen was not only one of the most remarkable teachers in the history of Zen, he was also an outstanding poet. This collection of Dogen's poems translated by scholar Steven Heine offers a beautifully personal reflection of Dogen's clarity of understanding and his poetic genius.


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Japanese Master Eihei Dogen was not only one of the most remarkable teachers in the history of Zen, he was also an outstanding poet. This collection of Dogen's poems translated by scholar Steven Heine offers a beautifully personal reflection of Dogen's clarity of understanding and his poetic genius.

24 review for Zen Poetry of Dogen: Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Harperac

    Priest Dogen is a medieval Japanese Zen priest, philosopher, and poet. This book gives me the sense that that is pretty much the order in which those titles go. However, the book is only on his poetry, although it makes many references to his philosophical work. Let me provide an example of one of his waka: All last night and this morning still, snow falling in the deepest mountains; ah, to see the autumn leaves scattering in my home (by home he means the capital, Kyoto). Now that's some good stuff. Th Priest Dogen is a medieval Japanese Zen priest, philosopher, and poet. This book gives me the sense that that is pretty much the order in which those titles go. However, the book is only on his poetry, although it makes many references to his philosophical work. Let me provide an example of one of his waka: All last night and this morning still, snow falling in the deepest mountains; ah, to see the autumn leaves scattering in my home (by home he means the capital, Kyoto). Now that's some good stuff. The book is really a book of criticism that happens to give many of Dogen's poems at the end. I get the feeling that Heine is more interested in writing his criticism, and only gave the poems because they were unavailable in English before then. For example, he inundates the poems with headnotes and explanations, not letting the poems sit before us as they are. The poems are good, sometimes very good, but I doubt that Dogen is considered one of the best waka poets. I'm more interested to read his philosophical treatise, the Shobogenzo. I'm giving it four stars not for the poetry really, so much as the criticism. Even that, in context, might not be so great, but for me, it is my first exposure to a deep treatment of Japanese philosophy, so I was amazed and astounded.

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    Rafael Ruiz

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    Jeremy Rodden

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    Jason Manford

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    BookDB

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    Leon

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    Codi

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    John Rincavage

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    Xavier

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adams Apple

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

  24. 5 out of 5

    Veeralakshmi S

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