Dōgen, the thirteenth-century Zen master who founded the Japanese
Sōtō school of Zen, is renowned as one the world’s most remarkable
religious geniuses. His works are both richly poetic and deeply
insightful and philosophical, pointing to the endless depths of Zen
exploration. And almost precisely because of these facts, Dōgen is often
difficult for readers to understand and fully appreciate.
Realizing Genjokoan is a comprehensive introduction to the
teachings and approach of this great thinker, taking us on a thorough
guided tour of the most important essay—Genjōkōan—in Dōgen’s seminal
work, the Shōbōgenzō. Indeed, the Genjōkōan is regarded as the pinnacle
of Dōgen’s writings, encompassing and encapsulating the essence of all
the rest of his work.
Our tour guide for this journey is Shohaku Okumura, a prominent
teacher in his own right, who has dedicated his life to translating and
This volume also includes an introduction to Dōgen’s life from Hee-Jin Kim’s classic, Eihei Dōgen: Mystical Realist, with updated annotations by Okumura.
296 pages. Paperback.