Welcome to all!
I thought it might be interesting to hear ideas or insights that anyone may have about how Dogen viewed his own role in relation to the Zen Buddhist tradition.
Throughout his records Dogen uses the the terms "Zen," "Zen sect," "Zen ancestor," etc. Yet, he also consistently maintains that "Zen" is not a school or sect of Buddhism, but rather the authentic transmission of Buddhism itself. In some of his most passionate writings, Dogen even goes so far as to say that the term "Zen" is a corruption of "Zazen" created by "stupid people" that did not "know reality" (Shobogenzo, Bendowa), and that "If you use the name Zen School, you are not descendants of Buddha ancestors and also have poisonous views" (Eihei Koroku).
I have some of my own ideas, and I do not think that Dogen is contradicting himself, but I would be interested in hearing any thoughts or insights that others might have on this topic.
If this topic does not interest you, please feel free to write about any topic you would like to regarding Zen Buddhism, Dogen, or the Shobogenzo.