Dōgen (dō´gĕn), 1200–1253, Zen master (see Zen Buddhism) and founder of the Sōtō Zen school in Japan. After studying in China, he received the seal of enlightenment and succession to the Ts'ao-tung (Sōtō) school. In 1236 he established the first independent Zen temple in Japan. Sōtō Zen stresses zazen, sitting meditation, based on the Buddha's own practice. Whereas for Rinzai Zen koans are a means to enlightenment, Sōtō stresses the identity of practice and attainment. Dōgen, unlike many Zen masters, stressed practice without rejecting scripture.

See H.-J. Kim, Dōgen Kigen, Mystical Realist (1975); Y. Yokei, Zen Master Dōgen (1976); F. Cook, How to Raise an Ox (1978); C. Bielefeldt, Dōgen's Manuals of Zen Meditation (1988); G. Snyder, The Teachings of Zen Master Dogen (1992).

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Dogen: Selected full-text books and articles

Dogen: Textual and Historical Studies By Steven Heine Oxford University Press, 2012
Shobogenzo, Zen Essays By Dōgen; Thomas Cleary University of Hawaii Press, 1991
Mystics By William Harmless, S.J Oxford University Press, 2008
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Mysticism and Zen Buddhism: Dogen"
Zen Master Dogen Meets a Thirteenth-Century Postmodernist By Muck, Terry C Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter 1998
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
A First Zen Reader By Trevor Leggett; Trevor Leggett Charles E. Tuttle, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "A Tongue-Tip Taste of Zen" begins on p. 25
Striking a Balance: A Primer in Traditional Asian Values By Michael Brannigan Seven Bridges Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "Zen Buddhist Ethics"
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