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Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dōgen and the Lotus Sūtra (review)

Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dōgen and the Lotus Sūtra (review) Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra. By Taigen Dan ¯ ¯ Leighton. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press 2007. Pp. 208. Hardcover $55.00. Reviewed by Pamela D. Winfield Meredith College Taigen Dan Leighton has done it again. Following Dogen's Extensive Record (Wis¯ dom Publications, 2005)--his acclaimed translation, with Shohaku Okumura, of the Eihei koroku--Leighton has produced yet another work of consummate scholarship ¯ that expands our understanding not only of the Soto Zen founder Dogen (1200­ ¯ ¯ ¯ 1253) but also of Zen Buddhism in general. Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra convincingly demonstrates the pervasive influence of Ten¯ ¯ dai's central scripture on Dogen's thought well after he left the Tendai headquarters ¯ at Enryakuji as a young man. It specifically examines the vivid spatial and temporal images in chapters 15 and 16 of the Lotus Sutra, and highlights Dogen's appropria¯ ¯ tion of the form and content of these chapters in his own highly idiomatic writings. Chapter 15 of the Lotus Sutra imparts the Tathagatagarbha lesson that the world ¯ ¯ itself is the womb for awakening. To illustrate this sentiment, it recounts the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dōgen and the Lotus Sūtra (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 58 (3) – Jul 16, 2008

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Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra. By Taigen Dan ¯ ¯ Leighton. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press 2007. Pp. 208. Hardcover $55.00. Reviewed by Pamela D. Winfield Meredith College Taigen Dan Leighton has done it again. Following Dogen's Extensive Record (Wis¯ dom Publications, 2005)--his acclaimed translation, with Shohaku Okumura, of the Eihei koroku--Leighton has produced yet another work of consummate scholarship ¯ that expands our understanding not only of the Soto Zen founder Dogen (1200­ ¯ ¯ ¯ 1253) but also of Zen Buddhism in general. Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra convincingly demonstrates the pervasive influence of Ten¯ ¯ dai's central scripture on Dogen's thought well after he left the Tendai headquarters ¯ at Enryakuji as a young man. It specifically examines the vivid spatial and temporal images in chapters 15 and 16 of the Lotus Sutra, and highlights Dogen's appropria¯ ¯ tion of the form and content of these chapters in his own highly idiomatic writings. Chapter 15 of the Lotus Sutra imparts the Tathagatagarbha lesson that the world ¯ ¯ itself is the womb for awakening. To illustrate this sentiment, it recounts the

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Published: Jul 16, 2008

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