The Teachings of Zen Master Dogen

  • by Dogen
  • Narrated by Gary Snyder
  • 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dogen (1200-1253 C.E.) founded the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Japan. His teachings are the very embodiment of the paradoxical blend of mystery and clarity that characterizes Zen. Dogen's approach to meditation has become perhaps the most influential Eastern spiritual practice in the Western world. The selections in this program are from Moon in a Dewdrop, and were chosen by Gary Snyder.


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Uneven but rewarding

If you enjoy the paradoxical yet profound teachings of Zen Buddhism, then you'll want to listen to this.

I found both the teachings and the narration a little slow (boring?) until about midway through, when Dogen's teachings became more intellectually interesting, paradoxical and humorous (although it's probably just me).

Definitely not for everybody, but maybe for you.
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- Jason Comely "ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW."


If you could sum up The Teachings of Zen Master Dogen in three words, what would they be?

What about Gary Snyder’s performance did you like?

The reading is clean and concise. No sense of pretention or sanctimony. Snyder has opened my dharma ear.

Any additional comments?

I've always had difficulty reading Dogen; he just didn't make sense. Listening to him being read has been a revelation! His meaning is becoming more and more clear and I'm really beginning to like him. A lot.

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- Annen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books