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Zazen as Enactment Ritual

Taigen Dan Leighton  Article for the book, Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, edited by Steven Heine and Dale Wright (Oxford University Press, 2008) Buddhist meditation has commonly been considered an instrumental technique aimed at obtaining a...

We are all Refugees in Lions Roar Magazine, Oct 30, 2018

  We Are All Refugees BY TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON| OCTOBER 30, 2018 Zen teacher Taigen Dan Leighton attended the Tree of Life synagogue while growing up in Pittsburgh. He reflects on how all of us, near and far, are connected to the tragedy. Buddhist monks pay...

Meeting Our Ancestors of the Future

Taigen Dan Leighton Published in "Shambhala Sun," September, 1996, as "Now is the Past of the Future." When we can fully see our own time in the dynamic fullness of time, without being blind to cause and effect, without being caught by limiting views of time itself,...

Dogen’s Approach to Training in Eihei Koroku

Taigen Dan Leighton  draft of article for the book Dogen: Textual And Historical Studies, edited by Steven Heine (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) Introduction to Eihei Kōroku Dōgen's Shōbōgenzō is rightly celebrated for its playful, elaborate essays, with their...

Dogen’s Cosmology of Space and the Practice of Self-Fulfillment

Taigen Dan Leighton Excerpted from "Pacific World" journal, 2004. A significant portion of modern Dogen studies has focused on one particular essay from Shobogenzo, Dogen's Uji, or "Being-Time." Dogen's writings about temporality seem intriguingly modern. In his...

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 spiritual...

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 a...

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 terms of what it...