Our teachings are based on the works of Zen
Master Dogen, the 13th century monk and philosopher who established
of Zazen in Japan. The record of
his life's teachings, the Shobogenzo, is available in English in 4 volumes
from Windbell Publications, the publishing arm of Dogen Sangha.
When we read the Shobogenzo today, we are usually struck by
its great breadth and complexity. It delves into the most profound
problems of Buddhist philosophy and considers those problems
from seemingly contradictory standpoints.
This breadth and complexity tend, at first, to obscure the fact
that, at its core, Master Dogen's thought is very simple and
practical. He teaches us that the ultimate meaning of Buddhism
is to be found, not in theory, but in the practice of Zazen.
According to Master Dogen, Buddhism and Zazen are one and the
same thing; to practice Zazen is Buddhism itself. Buddhism
is simply to practice Zazen.
Transcripts of the Shobogenzo workshops are
now available. These are commentaries on the chapters of the
Shobogenzo. They are in Adobe Acrobat format and you can download
these and print them as they become available. Click here to
go to the transcript download page
Introductions to all chapters of the Shobogenzo are available for browsing on
the Windbell site.
To buy Shobogenzo book 1 click on the relevant link
on the right of this page.
We are out of stock of Books 2 to 4 but you can
buy them from Wisdom Books here.
Reprints are available from Booksurge here.
These reprints are slightly larger than the original versions
and the paper and print quality are not as good.
Books 1 and 2 of the German translation of the Shobogenzo are
available over the Internet from Verner Kristkeitz Verlag.
You can order the books from
overseas from the publisher's site at http://www.kristkeitz.de or http://www.shobogenzo.de .