The Digital Dogen Project
The coming Buddha will speak digital.
Although Dogen broke creative ground by composing his masterwork, the Shobogenzo, in the vernacular Japanese of his day, many of his writings were written in Chinese, the standard then for classical works in the Orient just as Latin was once the standard in the Western tradition.
Because of this, and my love for the Chinese language, I have begun what I call the Digital Dogen Project. The goal is to digitize, and to make available online, the Chinese texts of works that Dogen wrote in Chinese.
To access Dogen’s Tenzo Kyokun, Instructions for the Zen Cook, click on the button on the right. For the Chinese text of other works by Dogen, follow the instructions below.
The Eihei Koroku, a 10-volume work that Dogen composed in Chinese, is a book whose importance rivals the Shobogenzo.
Volumes one through seven contain 531 jodo, or Zen sermons. Volume eight comprises 20 shosan (informal talks), 14 hogo (Dharma words), and Fukanzazengi, Dogen’s manual on Zen mediation.
Juko, or verse commentaries on 90 ancient koans, constitute Volume nine, while Volume 10 presents the reader with a wide selection of Dogen’s poetry in three different genres: shinsan, jisan, and geju.
My Digital Dogen Project begins with this book and I have now completed Volumes 1 through 10. So far as I can tell from online searches, the digital Chinese text of Eihei Koroku is not available anywhere else on the Internet. This is, therefore, a Dogen debut.
To access the Chinese texts of Dogen’s writings in his Eihei Koroku, in a PDF format, click on the links below, which are twice indented, and in a blue font:
126 Zen Sermons
Jodo (上堂) (01-126)
58 Zen Sermons
Jodo (上堂) (127-184)
73 Zen Sermons
Jodo (上堂) (185-257)
88 Zen Sermons
Jodo (上堂) (258-345)
68 Zen Sermons
Jodo (上堂) (346-413)
57 Zen Sermons
Jodo (上堂) (414-470)
61 Zen Sermons
Jodo (上堂) (471-531)