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Dogen in Chinese / Japanese...

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dào yuán
dou gen
Dōgen 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.

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

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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Simple Dictionary Definition


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dào yuán / dao4 yuan2
tao yüan
 Dōgen / みちもと
Dōgen Scroll
(surname) Michimoto
The beginning of right doctrine, i.e. faith; the origin of the way


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


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 dougen / dogen / どうげん (surname, given name) Dougen


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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; eye of the Way


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 dougen / dogen / どうげん (surname) Dougen


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 shushougi / shushogi / しゅしょうぎ (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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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 / どうげん (noun - becomes adjective with の) same origin

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