32/13 Den-e



The Transmission of the Robe

Den means “transmission” and e means “robe,” so den-e means “the transmission of the robe.” The content of this chapter is very similar to that of the previous chapter, Kesa-kudoku. Furthermore, the date recorded at the end of each chapter is the same. But whereas the note at the end of Kesa-kudoku says “preached to the assembly at Kannon-dori-kosho-horin-ji temple,” the note to this chapter says “written at Kannon-dori-kosho-horin-ji temple…” It thus seems likely that Den-e is the draft of the lecture Master Dogen was to give on October 1st, and Kesa-kudoku is the transcript of the lecture he gave on that day.