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China dào yuán
Japan dou gen
Dōgen Vertical Wall Scroll

Usually, when people are looking for "Dogen," they are referring to the Japanese Zen monk by this name.

He lived from 1200-1253. This Dogen name or title literally means "The Way Origin" or "Beginning of the Path." It is understood to mean "beginning of right doctrine or faith" in the context of his name and work to establish the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.

To accomplish that task, this humble monk traveled from Japan and across China to find the more original or pure forms of Buddhism.

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Mandarin dào yuán / dao4 yuan2
Taiwan tao yüan
Japanese michimoto / みちもと    dougen / dogen / どうげん
Dōgen Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (surname) Michimoto; (person) Dogen (Zen monk) (1200-1253)
The beginning of right doctrine, i.e. faith; the origin of the way


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Mandarin dào yuán pài / dao4 yuan2 pai4
Taiwan tao yüan p`ai / tao yüan pai
Japanese Dōgen pa
Dōgen ha


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Mandarin yǒng píng dào yuán / yong3 ping2 dao4 yuan2
Taiwan yung p`ing tao yüan / yung ping tao yüan
Japanese Eihei Dōgen
Eihei Dōgen


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Mandarin dào yuán xī xuán / dao4 yuan2 xi1 xuan2
Taiwan tao yüan hsi hsüan
Japanese Dōgen Kigen
Dōgen Kigen



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Mandarin xìn wéi dào yuán gōng dé mǔ / xin4 wei2 dao4 yuan2 gong1 de2 mu3
Taiwan hsin wei tao yüan kung te mu
Japanese shin wa do no moto kudoku no haha tari
faith is the source of the path and the mother of merit

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dōgen道元dou gen / dougen / do gen / dogendào yuán / dao4 yuan2 / dao yuan / daoyuantao yüan / taoyüan

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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