Originally published in 1980.

Dogen was the founder of the Soto School of Zen and one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Japanese Buddhism. When originally published, this historical and textual study was the first to examine in detail the line of continuity between Dogen and his Chinese predecessors, through his Chinese master, Ju-ching.



chapter a|4 pages


part 1|106 pages

Dogen's Formative Years in China: An Historical Study

chapter 1|20 pages

Before the Trip to Sung China

chapter 2|75 pages

Dogen in China

part 2|29 pages


chapter 3|4 pages

Textual History of the Hōkyō-Ki

chapter 4|24 pages

Annotated Translation