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Book Release: Kaz Tanahashi & Peter Levitt Present "The Essential Dogen," CC 6/28/13

Friday, June 28, 7:30 - 9 pm
SF Zen Center, 300 Page Street, Dining Room [directions]
with Peter Levitt and Kazuaki Tanahashi

Join the editors for an evening of readings and discussion on their recent release. The Essential Dogen, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt, provides readers with a comprehensive array of the most salient and primary themes Dogen explored throughout his teaching career. Organized according to subject matter for the first time, Dogen’s understanding, insights and views are made readily accessible to experienced and new readers alike. The text draws from all previous Dogen translations supported by San Francisco Zen Center.

Regarded as the founder of Soto Zen Buddhism, Eihei Dogen is one of the world’s most significant thinkers and writers on the nature of reality and existence, in addition to being a singularly profound and influential Zen master and an outstanding elucidator of meditation. Though presented more than 750 years ago, his teachings have great relevance today. Thanks to collaborations by many co-translators, we now have translations of much of his work. The complexity, depth and manner of much of Dogen’s writing are difficult for the majority of readers to comprehend, and so the organization found in The Essential Dogen helps to fill the gap between Dogen and contemporary readers and meditators. The volume also contains valuable unpublished biographical materials.

In each chapter, readers will find multiple excerpts on the subject at hand, including Dogen’s teaching on time, space, buddha nature, enlightenment, compassion, karma, nonduality, practice, Zen, scripture, silence, vows, women, mind, nonattainment, gates of dharma, and many other of his primary subjects.

Related Bios:

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a renowned artist as well as a Buddhist scholar and translator. His translations include Enlightenment Unfolds, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, and Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan.

Peter Levitt is a poet and translator whose ten books of poetry include One Hundred Butterflies and Within Within. In addition, he is the author of Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom, and he worked with Kaz Tanahashi as Associate Editor of Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. He is the guiding teacher of the Salt Spring Zen Circle in British Columbia.