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A Comparison of Zen and Shin Buddhism: Dogen VS Shinran

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  1. Introduction
  2. Dogen and Buddha dharma
  3. The path towards realization
  4. The moon and enlightenment
  5. The essence of Zen Buddhism
  6. The essence of Shinran's teaching
  7. Conclusion
  8. Bibliography

Buddhism was not originally a Japanese religion, since the said originator of the way, Siddhartha Gautama (also referred to as Shakyamuni Buddha) was born in a region that is now Nepal, and spread his teachings mostly around northern India. China later received his teachings through various followers, and Japan was reached much later through people like Zen master Dogen Zenji, founder of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Japan, and Shinran Shonin, a Mahayana Buddhist who spread his somewhat original ideas throughout Japan in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries AD (wikipedia.org). These schools of Buddhism, although having their many similarities, also have profound differences in practice and especially in the type of people they reach out to. These similarities and difference will be explored through the referencing and analysis of two passages. One will be from Dogen's ?Moon in a Dew Drop?, and the other from a book written by one of Shinran's followers, Yui-en, the ?Tannisho.?

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