Dylan And Dogen: Masters of Spirit and Words

Steven Heine and Taigen Dan Leighton Published in “Kyoto Journal,” No. 39, 1999 Steven Heine, scholar of Eihei Dogen, the great 13th century Japanese Zen master and author, once remarked that he would like to be buried with the collected works of a great...

Reflections on Translating Dogen

Taigen Dan Leighton Published in “Dharma Eye” Journal of the Soto Zen Education Center, Copyright 2000 Translating Dogen, like reading Dogen (in the original or in reasonable translations), is a richly rewarding art. I am grateful to have been able to make...

Now the Whole Planet Has its Head on Fire

Collective Karma and Systemic Responses to Climate Disruption Taigen Dan Leighton From the book, A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency, edited by John Stanley, David Loy, and Gyurme Dorje (Wisdom Publications, 2009) For Buddhists to respond appropriately to the...

Hongzhi, Dogen and the Background of Shikantaza

Taigen Dan Leighton Preface to the book, The Art of Just Sitting, edited by Daido Loori, Wisdom Publications, 2002 One way to categorize the meditation practice of shikan taza, or “just sitting,” is as an objectless meditation. This is a definition in...

Dogen’s Appropriation of Lotus Sutra Ground and Space

Taigen Dan Leighton published in “Japanese Journal of Religious Studies,” vol. 32, no. 1, 2005 Introduction Zen Master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) quotes the Lotus Sutra far more than any other sutra.[1] His use of the Lotus Sutra helps define the world-view...

The Lotus Sutra as a Source for Dogen’s Discourse Style

Taigen Dan Leighton Paper for an academic conference on “Discourse and Rhetoric in the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism,” 2001. A version of this article later appeared in the book, Discourse and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, edited...