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Description - The True Dharma Eye by John Daido Loori

"The True Dharma Eye" is a collection of three hundred koans, or teaching stories, compiled by Dogen, a key figure in Zen history. Dogen was also the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, and these koans were compiled during his study with many Zen masters in China. Here they are translated by the renowned American Zen master John Daido Loori. Each koan is accompanied by commentary and a capping verse. The resulting volume presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on Dogen's profound teachings and their relevance for twenty-first-century Western practitioners of Zen.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590304655
ISBN-10: 1590304659
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 154mm x 36mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Daido Loori

Dogen (1200-1253) is known as the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen sect. John Daido Loori (1931-2009) was one of the West's leading Zen masters. He was the founder and spiritual leader of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. His work has been most noted for its unique adaptation of traditional Asian Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts, the environment, social action, and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. Loori was an award-winning photographer and videographer. His art and wildlife photography formed the core of a unique teaching program that integrated art and wilderness training by cultivating a deep appreciation of the relationship of Zen to our natural environment. He was a dharma heir of the influential Japanese Zen master Taizan Maezumi Roshi and he authored many books. Kazuaki Tanahashi, a Japanese-trained calligrapher, is the pioneer of the genre of -one stroke painting- as well as the creator of multicolor enso (Zen circles). His brushwork has been shown in solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and universities all over the world. Tanahashi has edited several books of Dogen's writings and is also the author of Brush Mind.

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