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Shōbōgenzō: The True Dharma-Eye Treasury, Volume I


Published in four volumes, this is Volume I of the Shōbōgenzō, also known as The Eye and Treasury of the True Law. Volume I contains Chapters 1-21.

This is the literary masterpiece of Dōgen, the founder of the Japanese Sōtō School of Zen, setting forth the tenets of this school.

Note on this BDK English Tripiṭaka Series Reprint Edition 

For the BDK English Tripiṭaka Series chose, we reprint the classic translation of Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō by Gudo Wafu Nishijima and Chodo Cross (Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo, Books 1–4, by Windbell Publications, 1996–1999) to make this exemplary translation more widely available. Aside from the minor stylistic changes and the romanization of all Chinese and Japanese characters in adherence to the publishing guidelines of the BDK English Tripiṭaka Series, this edition reproduces as closely as possible the original translation.

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In this work, Dōgen presents the tenets of the Sōtō school–not in classical Chinese, as was customary of Buddhist scholars of the day, but in Japanese.

To clarify his own standpoint, Dōgen discusses in detail the differences between his views and those of other Buddhist schools; hence one is able to gain a comprehensive understanding of his thought. The title refers to the true teachings taught by the Buddha during the span of his life, and in this work all aspects of Buddhist doctrine, scriptures, way of life and practice are described from the standpoint of the author. This work is held in high regard, being considered the most outstanding philosophical work to come out of Japan.

Dōgen originally intended to write a work of 100 fascicles, but owing to his premature death from illness he got only as far as the 95th fascicle.

Jp. Shōbōgenzō (正法眼藏), composed by Dōgen. 95 fascicles.

Additional information

Dimensions9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 in
Publishing Date2007
TranslatorGudo Wafu Nishijima and Chodo Cross