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Moon in a Dewdrop

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A beautiful anthology and sampling of the full range of Master Dogen's teachings, literary styles and poetic genius.

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Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), among the first to transmit Zen Buddhism from China to Japan and founder of the important Soto School, was not only a profoundly influential and provocative Zen philosopher but also one of the most stimulating figures in Japanese letters.

Kazuaki Tanahashi, collaborating with several other Zen authorities, has produced sensitive and accurate translations of Dogen's most important texts. Moon in a Dewdrop contains the key essays of the great master, as well as extensive background materials that will help Western readers to approach this significant work. There is also a selection of Dogen's poetry, most of which has not appeared in English translation before.

Dogen's thought runs counter to conventional logic, employing paradoxical language and startling imagery. It illuminates such fundamental concerns as the nature of time, existence, life, death, the self, and what is beyond self.

"Moon in a Dewdrop is empty and clear at the same time, like the reflection of the moon in a drop of water."      ~San Francisco Chronicle

"You may suppose that time is only passing away, and not understand that time never arrives. Although understanding itself is time, understanding does not depend on its own arrival."      ~The Time-Being, 12    

Editor Tanahashi, Kazuaki
Author Dogen, Eihei
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 356 pp.
Publisher North Point Press 1995
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