The Zen River: Confluences of Chan and Zen in Dōgen’s Writings

Title in English The Zen River: Confluences of Chan and Zen in Dogen’s Writings


Year of publication 2023
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The concept of “confluences” brining to mind an image of river and the joining of streams, I wish to employ the various images of waterways – rivers, streams, and currents – flowing in the Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen tradition. Inspecting the writings of Zen master Dogen ???? (1200–1253) of the Soto school, I will present examples from both his Chinese and Sino-Japanese texts to illustrate the various symbols and meanings behind waters and rivers.

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