The name Dogen in Chinese / Japanese...

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 dào yuán
 dou gen
Dogen Scroll

Usually, when people are looking for 道元 or “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.

Hishiryo / Not-Thinking

 fēi sī liáng
 hi shi ryou
Hishiryo / Not-Thinking Scroll

Hishiryō (非思量) literally means not-thinking.

Hishiryo can be described as a state of mind beyond thinking and non-thinking during the practice of Zazen.

Shiryō (思量) means “thinking,” and hi (非) is a prefix for negation and opposition.

Therefore, hishiryo amounts to “unthink” or “not the matter of thinking.” The word hishiryo appears in Dogen Zenji’s Fukanzazengi, Shobogenzo Zazengi, Shobogenzo Zazenshin, and Keizan Zenji’s Zazen Yojinki. It is one of the most important words used to describe zazen. Hishiryo in these writings comes from a dialogue between Yakusan Igen (745-828) and an unnamed monk, which is described in Keitoku, Dentoroku, and other Zen texts.

The above is an abridged except from School of Shodo: Hishiryo
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Simple Dictionary Definition


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tóng yuán
    tong2 yuan2
t`ung yüan
    tung yüan
homology (biology); a common origin
(noun - becomes adjective with の) the same origin
[to have] the same origin


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 dougen / dogen
(surname, given name) Dōgen


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dào yǎn
    dao4 yan3
tao yen
The eye attained through the cultivation of Buddha-truth; the eye which sees that truth.


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 dougen / dogen
(surname) Dougen


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 shushougi / shushogi
(work) Shushogi (compilation of Great Master Dogen's ideas, put together by the Soto Zen school); (wk) Shushogi (compilation of Great Master Dogen's ideas, put together by the Soto Zen school)


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dào yuán pài
    dao4 yuan2 pai4
tao yüan p`ai
    tao yüan pai
 Dōgen pa
Dōgen ha


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 dougenike / dogenike
(place-name) Dōgen'ike


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


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dào yuán xī xuán
    dao4 yuan2 xi1 xuan2
tao yüan hsi hsüan
 Dōgen Kigen
Dōgen Kigen


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 dougen / dogen
(noun - becomes adjective with の) same origin

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dogen道元dou gen / dougen / do gendào yuán / dao4 yuan2 / dao yuan / daoyuantao yüan / taoyüan
非思量hi shi ryou
hi shi ryo
fēi sī liáng
fei1 si1 liang2
fei si liang
fei ssu liang

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