The Shōbōgenzō is the recognized spiritual masterpiece by the 13th- century Japanese Sōtō Zen Master Eihei Dōgen. It is comprised of discourses that he gave to his disciples, in person or in writing, at various times between 1231 and his death 22 years later at age 53. These discourses cover a wide range of topics pertinent to those in monastic life, though often also relevant to those training in lay life. He discusses matters of daily behavior and religious ceremonial as well as issues involving the Master-disciple relationship. He also explores the deeper meaning that informs the so-called Zen kōan stories, which are often puzzling in their seeming illogicality and contrary nature. Continue Reading →
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Born and raised in Tokyo, Brian Nishii brings his multicultural and multilingual sensibilities to all of his theatrical endeavors. As a narrator, Brian has been involved in over a hundred twenty titles, including a handful with themes of Zen, Buddhism, Dalai Lama, and Budō. Other notable works include classics like The Tale of Genji, and Musashi, for which he earned an Audie Award nomination. This is his second book by Dōgen. He is fluent in English, Japanese, Mandarin and is confident in Spanish! His other skills include playing the shakuhachi, the Japanese classical flute.