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Book Giveaway: The Essential Dogen

Book coverEihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master’s incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen—and inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions.

This is your chance to receive a free copy of The Essential Dogen. Just leave a comment below. A random winner will be chosen next Monday, July 15. Congratulations to Andy! Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and your readership. Please come back soon for more giveaways.

135 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Essential Dogen

  1. Will give this book to my friend Murakami-san who is a Soto priest of a temple named Iohji in Iwaki, Japan, an area affected by the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

  2. I think I remember Alan Watts telling about a Zen teacher who kiddingly said, “It’s a terrible book because it tells you everything.” I think I might be ready for everything. :~)”’

  3. My first meditation practice, which would have begun 14 years ago, was ‘no mind.’ I’m not even sure where I got the idea except that it was some concept I attached to Zen. I faced a blank wall and had absolutely no instruction in what to do. While it probably would have been better to have had some guidance, ultimately I began to recognize the transitory nature of my thoughts and emotions.

    Over the years the name Dōgen has come up, but I’ve never read any of his work. I think the voluminous nature of his works has been an impediment. It would be nice to get a taste for Dōgen with a curated version.

  4. My first meditation practice, which would have begun 14 years ago, was ‘no mind.’ I’m not even sure where I got the idea except that it was some concept I attached to Zen. I faced a blank wall and had absolutely no instruction in what to do. While it probably would have been better to have had some guidance, ultimately I began to recognize the transitory nature of my thoughts and emotions.

    Over the years the name Dōgen has come up, but I’ve never read any of his work. I think the voluminous nature of his works has been an impediment. It would be nice to get a taste for Dōgen with a curated version.

  5. Sounds wonderful! I am not familiar with his writings so have added this book to my reading list. Thank you Shambhala! I’ll wait to purchase until after July 15th…just in case! :)

  6. Such a nice resource to have as there is soooo much material to choose from. Sounds like a great place to start!

  7. I have been quite interested in the writings of Dogen due to the books of Brad Warner (specifically SIT DOWN & SHUT UP.) This looks like a great next step along the path.

  8. I have bought several books from Shambala over the years. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book.

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