BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39474

    BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

    Dear All,

    I would like to offer a hearty recommendation to a book that came out last year by Shohaku Okumura (the wonderful teacher/priest/scholar/translator/practitioner who has also been the translator and guiding hand for Uchiyama Roshi's wonderful books such as "Opening the Hand of Thought" and so many others). This new book may be the best "say it straight" introduction to Dogen-think (and non-think) out there ...

    Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo



    I believe that Taigu also has given it a strong "thumbs up" on this Forum a few times, and I have moved it to near the top of our 'Suggested Book List' ...

    Hi, The following is a recommended book list for our Sangha. It covers a variety of works on Zen, life, “Just Sitting” Shikantaza Zazen, Master Dogen and Buddhism in general. Thank you to all who provided input, and the list is still open to new suggestions and additions. Please email or PM me (Jundo) with any


    It certainly continues in much the same style, and with the same clarity, as many of the other Uchiyama-Okumura books such as "Opening the Hand of Thought" and "From The Zen Kitchen To Enlightenment: Refining Your Life (a commentary on Tenzo Kyokun)"

    I took my timeless time with it (one reason that I am only getting to this recommendation today!) It certainly is a book to digest in small bits, but written in a way of great ease and clarity in both words and insight. The True Dharma Eye ... yet very gentle on the reader's eyes.

    I just found a more detailed review, with which I much concur ...



    I give it Five Buddhas (although for some reason the forum only allows me to post 4)!

    Gassho, J
    Last edited by Jundo; 07-02-2014, 03:09 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Hans
    Member
    • Mar 2007
    • 1853

    #2
    Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

    Hello Jundo,



    five Buddha-stars indeed. It's worth every penny (or cent or whatever your local currency). A great achievement.

    Gassho,

    Hans

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    • Tb
      Member
      • Jan 2008
      • 3186

      #3
      Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

      Hi.

      I agree with all said.
      A very recommendable book.

      Mtfbwy
      Fugen
      Life is our temple and its all good practice
      Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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      • Rich
        Member
        • Apr 2009
        • 2603

        #4
        Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

        I was looking for a book to take on vacation and this is it. Thank you.
        /Rich
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        Rich
        MUHYO
        無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

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        • Taigu
          Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
          • Aug 2008
          • 2710

          #5
          Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

          This is clear water in our hands, so fresh, so light. The most beautiful introduction to our good old Dogen. Please, guys, if you have spare time a few bucks, it is more than worth it...

          palm to palm

          Taigu

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          • Earthling
            Member
            • Oct 2010
            • 39

            #6
            Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

            Just got this in the mail earlier today. I'm in the middle of chapter 3 now. Dogen certainly isn't light reading, but already this book really sheds a lot of light on his thought (or non-thought!). Very clear writing... Thank you for the recommendation, Jundo!

            () josh
            [i:2c6lh4g4]Not “Revelation”—‘tis—that waits,
            But our unfurnished eyes—[/i:2c6lh4g4]
            ~ Emily Dickinson

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            • chicanobudista
              Member
              • Mar 2008
              • 864

              #7
              Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

              Goes into my library. :mrgreen:
              paz,
              Erik


              Flor de Nopal Sangha

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              • Shogen
                Member
                • Dec 2008
                • 301

                #8
                Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

                Just received a copy. Thanks for the recommended reading. gassho zak

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                • Rimon
                  Member
                  • May 2010
                  • 309

                  #9
                  Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

                  Mmmmm... Gonna get it right now

                  Gassho
                  Rimon Barcelona, Spain
                  "Practice and the goal of practice are identical." [i:auj57aui]John Daido Loori[/i:auj57aui]

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                  • Shinko
                    Member
                    • May 2009
                    • 165

                    #10
                    Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

                    excellent reading. Thank you for the recommendation!
                    ~Gassho~
                    Shinko

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                    • Gary
                      Member
                      • Nov 2010
                      • 251

                      #11
                      Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

                      Just ordered a copy too.
                      Drinking tea and eating rice.

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                      • Rob_Heathen
                        Member
                        • May 2010
                        • 79

                        #12
                        Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

                        I have been contemplating picking this up lately...maybe I should just take the leap and purchase it.
                        [u:146m4fwx][i:146m4fwx][b:146m4fwx]"Do No Harm."[/b:146m4fwx][/i:146m4fwx][/u:146m4fwx]

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                        • chessie
                          Member
                          • Jun 2008
                          • 266

                          #13
                          Re: BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Realizing Genjokoan (Shohaku Okamura)

                          I finally got this book today. Thanks for the recommendation. Gassho, Ann

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                          • Ed
                            Member
                            • Nov 2012
                            • 223

                            #14
                            DOGEN'S GENJOKOAN: THREE COMMENTARIES is magnificent. The last commentary is Uchuyama-roshi's and that is an eye openner for the Genjokoan and Dogen in general. For my inexperienced and quite raw mind it was spiritual yoga.
                            Enjoy. In gassho,
                            Ed B
                            "Know that the practice of zazen is the complete path of buddha-dharma and nothing can be compared to it....it is not the practice of one or two buddhas but all the buddha ancestors practice this way."
                            Dogen zenji in Bendowa





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                            • Jundo
                              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                              • Apr 2006
                              • 39474

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ed
                              DOGEN'S GENJOKOAN: THREE COMMENTARIES is magnificent. The last commentary is Uchuyama-roshi's and that is an eye openner for the Genjokoan and Dogen in general. For my inexperienced and quite raw mind it was spiritual yoga.
                              Enjoy. In gassho,
                              Ed B
                              Thank you Ed. Even though I am still waiting for its arrival and have not read it yet, I will add it to our Recommend Books list based on who is involved with it along.

                              SUGGESTED BOOK LIST for TREELEAF SANGHA
                              http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...REELEAF-SANGHA

                              Gassho, Jundo
                              ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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