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Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Soto Zen sect in Japan, is especially known for introducing to Japanese Buddhism many of the texts and practices that he discovered in China. Heine reconstructs the context of Dogen's travels to and reflections on China by means of a critical look at
traditional sources both by and about Dogen in light of recent Japanese scholarship. While many studies emphasize the unique features of Dogen's Japanese influences, this book calls attention to the way Chinese and Japanese elements were fused in Dogen's religious vision. It reveals many new
materials and insights into Dogen's main writings, including the multiple editions of the Shobogenzo, and how and when this seminal text was created by Dogen and was edited and interpreted by his disciples. This book is the culmination of the author's thirty years of research on Dogen and provides
the reader with a comprehensive approach to the master's life works and an understanding of the overall career trajectory of one of the most important figures in the history of Buddhism and Asian religious thought.
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Steven Heine is Professor and Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University. He specializes in the history of thought of Zen Buddhism and its transition from China to Japan, especially the life and works of Zen Master Dogen. He has published twenty books and numerous articles on East Asian religion and society. Dr. Heine was recently awarded the Kauffman Professorship in Entrepreneurship Studies at the Florida International University Business School.

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"Did Dogen go to China? is a well-written piece of sound scholarship that fills a glaring lacuna in Dogen studies. Heine builds on his deep expertise of Dogen's life and work as well as of koan literature to tackle central issues in the hagiographical accounts of Dogen's life. He displays a solid knowledge of all relevant sources and rethinks Dogen's life in the context of the latest research. This volume constitutes an invaluable contribution to Dogen scholarship."-Gereon Kopf, author of Beyond Personal Identity: Dogen, Nishida and a Phenomenology of No-Self

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