‘When someone has spiritually awakened, he resembles the moon’s ‘residing’ in water: the moon does not get wet nor is the water shattered. Although the moon is a great, broad light, it lodges in the tiniest bit of water. The moon at its fullest, as well as the whole of the heavens, lodges within the dewdrop poised on a blade of grass, just as it lodges in any single bit of water. Spiritual awakening does not tear a person asunder; thus, it is like the moon’s not making a dent in the water. A person no more impedes his spiritual awakening than a dewdrop impedes the moon in the heavens. The deeper the reflection, the higher the light: how long the period of your spiritual awakening will last depends on how large your drop of water is and how full your moon is seen to be.’ (out of ‘Shobogenzo’ by Eihei Dogen)
(The Shōbōgenzō (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is the master work of the Japanese Sōtō Zen Master Eihei Dōgen (1200 – 1253). It consists of a series of lectures or talks given to his monks as recorded by his head monk, Ejo, who became his Dharma successor although Dōgen was involved in the editing and
recording of some of the Shōbōgenzō. This is the first major Buddhist philosophical work composed in the Japanese language.
There were only two complete English translations of the Shōbōgenzō previous to this version: Gudo Nishijima and Chodo Cross’s Master Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō
in four volumes (available from Windbell Publications
) and Shobogenzo, The Eye and Treasury of the True Law
, by Kosen Nishiyama and John Stevens. There are many translations of sections of the Shōbōgenzō. There are also many commentaries on Dōgen and his work. A search
on this website will uncover articles on Dōgen and his teachings.The Gudo Nishijima and Chodo Cross’s Master Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō
in four volumes is now available for download for free, courtesy of the BDK English Tripitaka Project
. (click on the Digital Text link) You can download from their site or from thezensite: Dogen Teachings page
The Complete Shōbōgenzō is available here
(this site) and here
from Shasta Abbey, translated by Rev. Hubert Nearman.
: the complete text is 1144 pages in .pdf and 8, 675 Kb. Not recommended for dial-up modems. If you have difficulty downloading this from this website, try the Shasta Abbey link
. Below are links to each of the 96 chapters and other parts of the book. All pages are in .pdf format.)