Dogen's Formative Years
An Historical and Annotated Translation of the Hokyo-ki
Routledge – 2008 – 282 pages
Originally published in 1980.
Dogen was the founder of the Soto School of Zen and one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Japanese Buddhism. When originally published, this historical and textual study was the first to examine in detail the line of continuity between Dogen and his Chinese predecessors, through his Chinese master, Ju-ching.
Chapter 1 Before the Trip to China. Aristocratic Birth. The Great Doubt on Mt Hiei. The Quest for the "Authentic Teacher". En Route to China. Chapter 2 Dogen in China. A Chronological Reconstruction. The Chief Cook from A-yü-wang Mountain. Under Wu-chi Liao-p’ai of T’ien-t’ung. Mountain: Controversy over the Criteria for Monastic Seniority. Documents of Succession. Kuang-li Monastery on A-yü-wang Mountain. The Two Korean Monks. Pilgrimage to Other Monasteries. Ju-Ching, the "Authentic Teacher". Myozen’s Death. Dropping the Body and Mind. Remaining Days at T’ien-t’ung Mountain. Returning to Japan "Empty-handed". Southern Sung Ch’an and its Background. Ch’an Through the Sung Period. Ta-hui Tsung-kao and His Teachings. The Ts’ao-tung School. Ju-ching.