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Published in four volumes, this is Volume III of the Shōbōgenzō, also known as The Eye and Treasury of the True Law. Volume III contains Chapters 42-72.

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 (originally published under the title 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.

"Reading the Shōbōgenzō is the best way to come to an exact understanding of Buddhist theory..." from the Translator's Preface.


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Shōbōgenzō: The True Dharma-eye Treasury

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.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka   NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword    MAYEDA Sengaku    vii
Publisher’s Foreword    John R. McRae    ix
Note on the BDK English Tripiṭaka Series Reprint Edition xi
Translators’ Introduction    Gudo Wafu Nishijima and Chodo Cross    xv

Shōbōgenzō: The True Dharma-eye Treasury, Volume III
Chapter Forty-two. Tsuki: The Moon 3
Chapter Forty-three. Kūge: Flowers in Space 13
Chapter Forty-four. Kobusshin: The Mind of Eternal Buddhas 29
Chapter Forty-five. Bodaisatta-shishōbō: Four Elements of a Bodhisattva’s Social Relations 39
Chapter Forty-six. Kattō: The Complicated 49
Chapter Forty-seven. Sangai-yuishin: The Triple World Is Only the Mind 61
Chapter Forty-eight. Sesshin-sesshō: Expounding the Mind and Expounding the Nature 73
Chapter Forty-nine. Butsudō: The Buddhist Truth 87
Chapter Fifty. Shohō-jissō: All Dharmas are Real Form 109
Chapter Fifty-one. Mitsugo: Secret Talk 129
Chapter Fifty-two. Bukkyō: The Buddhist Sutras 139
Chapter Fifty-three. Mujō-seppō: The Non-emotional Preaches the Dharma 155
Chapter Fifty-four. Hosshō: The Dharma-nature 171
Chapter Fifty-five. Darani: Dhāraṇī 179
Chapter Fifty-six. Senmen: Washing the Face 189
Chapter Fifty-seven. Menju: Face-to-Face Transmission 209
Chapter Fifty-eight. Zazengi: The Standard Method of Zazen 225
Chapter Fifty-nine. Baike: Plum Blossoms 229
Chapter Sixty. Juppō: The Ten Directions 247
Chapter Sixty-one. Kenbutsu: Meeting Buddha 257
Chapter Sixty-two. Hensan: Thorough Exploration 275
Chapter Sixty-three. Ganzei: Eyes 285
Chapter Sixty-four. Kajō: Everyday Life 293
Chapter Sixty-five. Ryūgin: The Moaning of Dragons 303
Chapter Sixty-six. Shunjū: Spring and Autumn 309
Chapter Sixty-seven. Soshi-sairai-no-i: The Ancestral Master’s Intention in Coming from the West 319
Chapter Sixty-eight. Udonge: The Uḍumbara Flower 325
Chapter Sixty-nine. Hotsu-mujōshin: Establishment of the Will to the Supreme 335
Chapter Seventy. Hotsu-bodaishin: Establishment of the Bodhi-mind 349
Chapter Seventy-one. Nyorai-zenshin: The Whole Body of the Tathāgata 365
Chapter Seventy-two. Zanmai-ō-zanmai: The Samādhi That Is the King of Samādhis 371

Appendix. Chinese Masters 377

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms 381
Bibliography 393
Index 401
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 429