- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Wisdom Publications (March 20 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1614291136
- ISBN-13: 978-1614291138
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Being-Time: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen’s Shobogenzo Uji Paperback – Mar 20 2018
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“This book is a great achievement. Articulate, nuanced, and wonderful.” (Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindfulness on the Go)
"In Being-Time, Shinshu Roberts gives us a wise, kind and wonderfully patient guide to one of Dogen’s most important and enigmatic texts. Now, more than ever, these profound old teachings are relevant to our lives in the here and now. This is a book I will treasure and return to time and time again." (Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being)
“A powerful and compelling reflection on one of the great Zen texts by Eihei Dogen, founder of Japanese Soto Zen, and one of the signal Mahayana Zen figures. Shinshu Roberts brings intelligence, grace, and a fully lived life to this book. Both scholarly and intimate, I recommend this book to anyone hoping to delve more deeply into the Zen Way.” (James Ishmael Ford, author of Introduction to Zen Koans)
“This book is one of the excellent fruits of American Zen. I deeply appreciate Shinshu’s work.” (Shohaku Okumura, author of Realizing Genjokoan)
About the Author
Shinshu Roberts is a Dharma Heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center and in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She received her priest training at San Francisco Zen Center and from the North American branch of the Japanese Soto School. She has been appointed Kokusaifukyoshi (International Dharma Teacher) by the Shumucho (Japanese Soto Administration). She co-founded Ocean Gate Zen Center in Capitola, CA with her spouse Jaku Kinst.
Norman Fischer has been a Zen Buddhist priest for nearly 30 years, serving as abbot for the San Francisco Zen Center from 1995-2000. Founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation, he is one of the most highly respected Zen teachers in America, regularly leading Zen Buddhist retreats and events. He has published seventeen books of poetry and six books on Zen.
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This is a great book for anyone engaged in the Zen path, no matter how long you’ve travelled with Dōgen as your companion. I would absolutely recommend it to someone who is just beginning to explore Dōgen’s teaching. And I am confident that I will turn to Shinshu’s generous book over and over again, and look forward to renewing tea and conversation with her about her understanding of “Uji” and being-time many “times” in the future.
Rev. Shinshu expresses it beautifully:
“Even if we cannot completely understand Dōgen’s teaching, it will still impact our practice. His vision of life is vast, poetic, and concrete all at the same time. Sometimes it feels as if we are hanging on to a dragon’s tail, like a prayer flag flapping in the wind. We don’t know what or how, yet we just hang on, making our effort. This is just the nature of being a prayer flag waving from a dragon’s tail. No problem.”
I appreciated some of the explanations and examples and they helped deepen my understanding. Well done. The material is very well written and presented.
Due to the nature of trying to interpret via multiple languages there are moments of "this may mean that" but that's the way of the project. Some explanations seemed like they were reaching a bit, formulated from a conclusion that the material must come from from deep places. But that's understandable, conditioning will encourage us to come from a place of conclusion. Sometimes a simple explanation is it, it meant what it said.
There is a struggle with the duality of we have Buddha nature but need another person to "teach" us. I suspect that counselor and guide are better words and the ones I am used to hearing. Teachers need to teach teaching.
40% of the book will be reference material and that's not a complaint but an observation.
I would recommend this book to someone who has a practice and is interested in Dogen. There is a tremendous amount of work and sincerity that comes through in the writing!
Gassho! Shinshu Roberts