Friday, January 26, 2007

I Am Truly Blessed

I just learned this morning that I share a birthday with Dogen Zenji.

Dogen Zenji (19 January 1200–22 September 1253) was a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher born in Kyoto, and the founder of the Soto school of Zen in Japan. He was a leading religious figure of his time, as well as being an important philosopher. Zenji is a title meaning "Zen master", while the name Dogen means roughly "Source of the Way".

Dogen was born into a noble family. Dogen's father died when Dogen was 3 years old, and his mother when he was 8, which strongly impressed Dogen with the Buddhist notion of impermanence.


jel said...

your bday was the 19th,?

sorry I miss it!

hope it was a good one!

take care!

Borut said...

I think I have one of his books in English. I'll check. A great orator and writer who decided to forget all about his literary talents and achievements and decided to simply speak the truth? No coincidences in this world?:)

Dan said...

Good one to share it with, Donzen!

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