It Came From Beyond Zen by Brad Warner

It Came From Beyond Zen by Brad Warner

In Japan in 1253, one of the great thinkers of his time died — and the world barely noticed. That man was the Zen monk Eihei Dogen. For centuries his main work, Shobogenzo, languished in obscurity, locked away in remote monasteries until scholars rediscovered it in the twentieth century. What took so long? In Brad Warner’s view, Dogen was too ahead of his time to find an appreciative audience. To bring Dogen’s work to a bigger readership, Warner began paraphrasing Shobogenzo, recasting it in simple, everyday language. The first part…

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Don’t Be a Jerk by Brad Warner

Don't Be a Jerk by Brad Warner

The Japanese monk Eihei Dogen was born as the illegitimate son of a Japanese aristocrat in the year 1200. By the time he was just eight years of age both of his parents had died and as a consequence he entered a Japanese monastery at the age of 12 where he studied a form of Buddhism of which he quickly tired. As a result he traveled to China where he studied a purer form of Zen – one that had developed in India around 500BC. Dogen died in 1254 and…

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