Koans in the Dogen Tradition: How and Why Dogen Does What He Does with Koans

@article{Heine2003KoansIT,
  title={Koans in the Dogen Tradition: How and Why Dogen Does What He Does with Koans},
  author={Steven J. Heine},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  year={2003},
  volume={54},
  pages={1 - 19}
}
  • S. Heine
  • Published 2003
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
A hallmark of Dogen's legacy is his introduction of Chinese Ch'an koan literature to Japan in the first half of the thirteenth century and his unique and innovative style of interpreting dozens of koan cases, many of which are relatively obscure or otherwise untreated in the annals. What constitutes the distinctiveness of Dogen's approach? According to Hee-Jin Kim's seminal study, Dogen shifts from an instrumental to a realizational model of koan interpretation. While this essay agrees with… Expand
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