Poetry. Zen Buddhism. "A premier translator of two of Dogen's major works, Eihei Shingi and Eihei Koroku, has now turned his sights to an analysis of Dogen in East Asian theoretical contexts with illuminating results. This very thoughtful, informative, and highly original study makes a significant contribution to both Dogen and Lotus Sutra studies by showing how Dogen's Zen is rooted in Mahayana worldview, and also how the Lotus Sutra was a key resource for Japanese Zen. Leighton does an outstanding job of juxtaposing the seminal Lotus Sutra with the main writings of Dogen, along with other prominent thinkers in Zen and Chinese and Japanese Buddhism. He also sheds important light on contemporary applications and interpretations of Buddhist theory"--Steven Heine, author of Dogen and the Koan Tradition.
Taigen Dan Leighton, throughout the 70s, was an award-winning documentary film editor in New York and San Francisco, including work for NBC News and Bill Moyers Journal. Taigen left his filmmaking career in 1979 to work full time for the San Francisco Zen Center at the Tassajara Bakery, and he was ordained in 1986 by Reb Anderson Roshi. Taigen is author of Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression and Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra . He is co-translator and editor of several Zen texts including Dogen's Extensive Record: A Translation of the Eihei Koroku, The Wholehearted Way: A Translation of Ehihei Dogen's Bendowa, and Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community a Translation of the Eihei Shingi. He has also contributed articles to many other books and journals. Taigen teaches at the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union and he has taught at Saint Mary's College, the California Institute of Integral Studies, University of San and Loyola University. Taigen has been an elected member of the Board of San Francisco Zen Center, which he chaired for three years.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA