Dōgen, Zen Master, Zen Disciple Book Chapter

Heine, S. (2010). Dōgen, Zen Master, Zen Disciple . 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367645.003.0005

cited authors

  • Heine, S



  • Chan/Zen Buddhism is a tradition known for the transmission of lineages whereby a current master at once pays obeisance to and severely criticizes the patriarchs. East Asian training traditions generally emphasize that a disciple needs to be able to surpass his teacher, who must be magnanimous enough to encourage and acknowledge the value of the comeuppance. The literary works of Dōgen (1200-1253) epitomize this process. This chapter examines the various ways Dōgen's image and sense of self-identity is formed by his twofold approach to his predecessors. First, it surveys the full extent of Chan masters cited by Dōgen and what this indicates about his view of sectarian transmission; for example, who he cites and why he praises or refutes their teachings. Next, it focuses on the ways that Chinese Caodong school masters Hongzhi (1091-1157) and Rujing (1163-1228) influenced Dōgen's philosophy and literary style and helped shape his view of monastic institutional administration and practice.

publication date

  • May 1, 2010