The Essential Dogen

  • by Kazuaki Tanahashi (editor), Peter Levitt (editor)
  • Narrated by Brian Nishii
  • 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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.

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Any additional comments?

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

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- Jeremy W. Adams "I love to read books, and when I can't read a book I love listening to them."

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.
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- Sean "I AM."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios