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I. THE PIVOTAL LOTUS STORY AND DOGEN'S WORLDVIEW ; II. . Hermeneutics and Discourse Styles in Study of the Lotus Sutra and Dogen ; III. . Selected East Asian Interpretations of the Story ; IV. . Dogen's Interpretations of this Lotus Sutra Story ; V. . Dogen's View of Earth, Space, and Time Seen in Mahayana Context ; AFTERWORD: IMPLICATIONS OF DOGEN'S MAHAYANA WORLDVIEW

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Taigen Dan Leighton is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Institute of Buddhist Studies and author of Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression. He is primary co-translator and editor for several Zen translations, including D=ogen's Extensive Record and Cultivating the Empty Field. He is also a S=ot=o Zen priest and Dharma heir.

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"Among the eminent Buddhist figures of premodern Japan, perhaps none has drawn more attention in the West than the Zen master D=ogen (1200-1253). In a fresh approach, this volume moves beyond D=ogen's explicitly Zen heritage to explore his indebtedness to the imagery and rhetorical strategies of the Lotus S=utra in articulating his vision of practice. Leighton is sensitive to the playfulness and creativity of D=ogen's hermeneutics. His study will be welcomed by readers interested in the Mah=ay=ana as literature and in situating D=ogen within the broader intellectual currents of his day." -- Jacqueline I. Stone, author of Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism "This book is an exploration of D=ogen's writings on space and time, especially as they relate to the central message of the Lotus S=utra. It demonstrates unity of practice and book learning in Japanese Zen and the unity of the Zen tradition and Buddhist teaching traditions such as Tendai and Kegon. Anyone interested in philosophical or literary aspects of D?gen 's teachings and their relationship to Buddhist scriptures will find much to savor. Buddhist practitioners who wish to know how traditional scriptures can speak to contemporary concerns will find much to digest. " -- William Bodiford, author of Soto Zen in Medieval Japan "This richly woven study brings us new insights into the dynamic role of Earth in Mahayana Buddhist understandings of enlightenment. Leighton reveals a transmission of the Buddha Dharma in which the utter reality of the phenomenal world is not to be questioned, nor is impermanence to be transcended. Time and space are rather to be experienced as the spiritually nourishing womb of our awakening. Right now, when ecological crises imperil the future of conscious life, and when, at the same time, Gaia theory invites us to understand ourselves as intrinsic parts of a living Earth, this work of scholarship is good news indeed." -- Joanna Macy, author Coming Back to Life "A premier translator of two of D=ogen's major works, Eihei Shingi and Eihei Koroku, has now turned his sights to an analysis of D=ogen in East Asian theoretical contexts with illuminating results. This very thoughtful, informative, and highly original study makes a significant contribution to both D=ogen and Lotus S=utra studies by showing how D=ogen's Zen is rooted in Mahayana worldview, and also how the Lotus Sutra was a key resource for Japanese Zen. Leighton does an outstanding job of juxtaposing the seminal Lotus S=utra with the main writings of D=ogen, along with other prominent thinkers in Zen and Chinese and Japanese Buddhism. He also sheds important light on contemporary applications and interpretations of Buddhist theory." -- Steven Heine, author of D=ogen and the Koan Tradition "Among the eminent Buddhist figures of premodern Japan, perhaps none has drawn more attention in the West than the Zen master D=ogen (1200-1253). In a fresh approach, this volume moves beyond D=ogen's explicitly Zen heritage to explore his indebtedness to the imagery and rhetorical strategies of the Lotus S=utra in articulating his vision of practice. Leighton is sensitive to the playfulness and creativity of D=ogen's hermeneutics. His study will be welcomed by readers interested in the Mah=ay=ana as literature and in situating D=ogen within the broader intellectual currents of his day." -- Jacqueline I. Stone, author of Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism "This book is an exploration of D=ogen's writings on space and time, especially as they relate to the central message of the Lotus S=utra. It demonstrates unity of practice and book learning in Japanese Zen and the unity of the Zen tradition and Buddhist teaching traditions such as Tendai and Kegon. Anyone interested in philosophical or literary aspects of D=ogen 's teachings and their relationship to Buddhist scriptures will find much to savor. Buddhist practitioners who wish to know how traditional scriptures can speak to contemporary concerns will find much to digest. " -- William Bodiford, author of Soto Zen in Medieval Japan "This richly woven study brings us new insights into the dynamic role of Earth in Mahayana Buddhist understandings of enlightenment. Leighton reveals a transmission of the Buddha Dharma in which the utter reality of the phenomenal world is not to be questioned, nor is impermanence to be transcended. Time and space are rather to be experienced as the spiritually nourishing womb of our awakening. Right now, when ecological crises imperil the future of conscious life, and when, at the same time, Gaia theory invites us to understand ourselves as intrinsic parts of a living Earth, this work of scholarship is good news indeed." -- Joanna Macy, author Coming Back to Life "A premier translator of two of D=ogen's major works, Eihei Shingi and Eihei Koroku, has now turned his sights to an analysis of D=ogen in East Asian theoretical contexts with illuminating results. This very thoughtful, informative, and highly original study makes a significant contribution to both D=ogen and Lotus S=utra studies by showing how D=ogen's Zen is rooted in Mahayana worldview, and also how the Lotus Sutra was a key resource for Japanese Zen. Leighton does an outstanding job of juxtaposing the seminal Lotus S=utra with the main writings of D=ogen, along with other prominent thinkers in Zen and Chinese and Japanese Buddhism. He also sheds important light on contemporary applications and interpretations of Buddhist theory." -- Steven Heine, author of D=ogen and the Koan Tradition "Leighton has produced yet another work of consummate scholarship that expands our understanding not only of the S=ot=o Zen founder D=ogen (1200-1253) but also of Zen Buddhism in general. ...Leighton's clear, articulate prose renders D=ogen's writings alive, accessible and relevant to life in the twenty-first century." --Philosophy East and West. "Taigen Dan Leighton has done it again."--Pamela D. Winfield, Meredith College

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