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The Digital Dogen Project


Hyatt Carter



The coming Buddha will speak digital.

—Ken Wilber—



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: 

Volume One


 126 Zen Sermons


  Jodo (上堂) (01-126)

Volume Two


 58 Zen Sermons


  Jodo (上堂) (127-184)

Volume Three


 73 Zen Sermons


  Jodo (上堂) (185-257)

Volume Four


 88 Zen Sermons


  Jodo (上堂) (258-345)

Volume Five


 68 Zen Sermons


  Jodo (上堂) (346-413)

Volume Six 

 57 Zen Sermons


  Jodo (上堂) (414-470)


Volume Seven


 61 Zen Sermons


  Jodo (上堂) (471-531) 

Volume Eight


 Dogen’s Informal Talks and Dharma Words to Students


  20 Shosan (小參)


  14 Hogo (法語)


  Fukanzazengi (普勸坐禪儀)



Volume Nine


 Dogen’s Verses for 90 Ancient Koans


  Juko (頌古)



Volume Ten


 A Collection of Dogen’s Zen Poetry in Three Genres


  5 Shinsan (真贊)


  20 Jisan (自贊)


  125 Geju (偈頌)



In addition to Eihei Koroku, I have also completed the digitization of Dogen’s Hokyoki, the 50-section record, or the personal journal he kept, of his time as a young monk when he studied in China under the great Chan master, Ju-ching.


 Here is the link:


  Dogen's Hokyoki (寶慶記)



Dogen’s Shobogenzo Zuimonki (正法眼藏隨聞記) marks a slight departure since it is a text composed in Japanese. The Zuimonki is a collection of informal lectures that Dogen presented, during the years 1234 to 1238, to monks who were studying under his guidance at Koshoji Monastery.


To access Dogen’s Shobogenzo Zuimonki, click on the link below, which is twice indented, and in a blue font:


Shobogenzo Zuimonki


 Informal Lectures

  Zuimonki (隨聞記) Book One


For a superb translation of Dogen’s Eihei Koroku, with many scholarly notes and other supplementary material, see Dogen’s Extensive Record by Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura.
















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