The Soto Zen Text Project
The Soto Zen Text Project is
an initiative of the International Division of the Administrative
Headquarters of Soto Zen Buddhism (Sōtōshū Shūmuchō) that seeks
to provide materials for the international study and practice
of Soto Zen.
The project was formally launched
in 1996, with the establishment of an Editorial Board made
up of scholars and Sotoshu representatives from Japan and America.
Under the direction of the Board,
a team of translators has begun work on English translations
of the major texts of Soto liturgy, ritual, and doctrine. As
this work is completed, the translations will be made available
to the public in both printed and electronic forms.
(Stanford), editor, translator Shōbōgenzō
Griffith Foulk (Sarah Lawrence), editor, translator Gyōji kihan
William Bodiford (UCLA), translator Denkōroku
John McRae, translator Denkōroku
Stanley Weinstein (Yale), translator Shōbōgenzō
Urs App, computuer consultant
For an account of the project
by Professor Nara Yasuaki, see the special issue of the Soto Zen
journal Dharma Eye (Hogen) 9 (Autumn 2001). This issue also includes reflections
on translating Dogen by Okumura Shōhaku, Carl Bielefeldt, Tanahashi Kazuaki,
and Taigen Leighton.