Updated: Jun 22
We take-up the life of an ancestor who help shift from monastic writing and teaching the Dharma to sharing it boundlessly: Keizan Jokin Zenji and why?
The short answer is... it's complicated. In the lineage of Dogen he was not a direct Dharma heir. Rather a middle of the pack monk with some interesting experIences:
His grandmother was a nun and worked with Eihei Dogen
His mother established her own monastery
He compiled the definitive treatise on the awakening of ancestors from Shakyamuni to Ejo
He used koans