The Dark Side of the Mirror

Forgetting the self in Dōgen's Genjō Kōan

By David Brazier

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Windhorse Publications

Windhorse Publications is a Buddhist charitable company based in the UK. They seek to produce accessible and relevant books of high quality for all those interested in Buddhism at whatever level. They are the main publisher of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. They seek to draw on the whole range of the Buddhist tradition, including translations of traditional texts, commentaries, biographies of Buddhists, and works on meditation.

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Genjō Kōan is the most important chapter in Zen master Dōgen's principal major work, the Shōbōgenzō. Although Genjō Kōan has been translated into English many times, and is familiar to Buddhists both east and west, it is still not well understood. This new commentary by Buddhist teacher and author David Brazier draws back the curtain revealing the deeper meaning of the text in language that will be as transparent to the general reader as it is informative to the specialist.

The Dark Side of the Mirror reveals the pivotal principle at the heart of Dōgen's Zen and shows how his revelation of it was rooted in his personal experience, as well as in the religious consciousness of his time.

For Dōgen scholars, Brazier provides a wealth of previously unpublished connections within Dōgen's thought, resolving knotty problems of interpretation. For Zen practitioners, Genjō Kōan reveals the meaning of satori and the way that it irreversibly commits the practitioner to a life-long 'going forth' in the service of all sentient beings. For the general reader it provides a unique insight into Japanese and Chinese medieval religion and, through this prism, throws light upon spirituality and spiritual experience universally.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Windhorse Publications
Publication Date 19 Mar 2019
ISBN 9781911407256

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