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Buddhist Sūtras in Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō

Intertextuality and Re-Interpretation

Aldo Tollini    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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The essay deals with intertextuality in the field of religious studies and specifically with the quotation and re-interpretation of authoritative sources of Buddhist sacred texts (or sūtras) in the Shōbōgenzō written by the Japanese Zen master Dōgen in the thirteenth century. In particular, the purpose is that of highlighting the fact that Dōgen, through a personal and creative interpretation of excerpts from the sūtras, proposes an innovative vision of Buddhist doctrine. After a general introduction to religious intertextuality, the essay examines Zen master Dogen’s peculiar form of exegesis of sacred texts in order to legitimise his personal vision of Buddhist doctrine. Five concrete examples of manipulative interpretation of quotations from the sūtras are presented in order to concretely show how Dogen does not hesitate to twist the meaning of quotations with great linguistic skill with the aim to promote and legitimise his opinion.

Pubblicato
30 Agosto 2022
Presentato
13 Dicembre 2021
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-609-1
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-608-4

Keywords: BuddhismDōgenRe-interpretationZenSūtras

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