The Story of Dogen Zenji

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  • Mp
    • Jul 2024

    The Story of Dogen Zenji

    Hello everyone,

    I came across this great little comic sharing the story of Dogen Zenji ... enjoy http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/.../comics/dogen/.

    Gassho
    Shingen
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39472

    #2
    Thanks Shingen, it is a good read.

    Readers should know that many of the events in the comic story are not really historical according to scholars. What happened is that, as the centuries passed, Dogen's biography was gradually embellished, and some legends were added, by various biographers and writers. This story then dramatizes it even more. Actually, much about his childhood, parentage and youth (which is the topic of these first chapters) remains almost completely unknown. He was certainly the son of a "second wife" or mistress of a powerful man in the Ancient capital of Kyoto, very bright and something of a prodigy in his literary talents, but lost both his mother and father early. Nobody knows exactly who the father was, but there are various scholarly suppositions. As was customary in the day, such children on the periphery of the nobility were shipped off to Buddhist temples to be raised and, eventually, to become priests. And so with Dogen. Other than that, little is known.

    However, still a good tale.

    A good time to point folks to the biopic movie too, available it seems on Youtube ...

    Hi, Please keep an eye out for the new bio-movie on Master Dogen ... titled "ZEN" ... Probably only available in Japanese for awhile, but looks pretty good (as such movies go). The preview below is chock full of Dogen-isms that you'all should be familiar with from hanging around here at Treeleaf ... ... such


    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 04-19-2014, 10:03 AM.
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    • Kyonin
      Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
      • Oct 2010
      • 6742

      #3
      Ooooh!! I love manga! And I like it even more if it's about Master Dogen. Thanks for the link!

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
      Hondō Kyōnin
      奔道 協忍

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      • Myosha
        Member
        • Mar 2013
        • 2974

        #4
        Tons 'o fun!

        Thank you Shingen.


        Gassho,
        Myosha
        "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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        • Mp

          #5
          Originally posted by Jundo
          What happened is that, as the centuries passed, Dogen's biography was gradually embellished, and some legends were added
          Thank you for the clarification Jundo. =) It seems that most biographies of influential people are exaggerated ... maybe they will do that for us when we are gone.

          Gassho
          Shingen

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          • John Cloud
            Member
            • Apr 2014
            • 51

            #6
            Thank you very much Shingen

            Gassho

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