Zen Gifts to Christians
By (author) Robert E. Kennedy
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Zen Gifts to Christians by Robert E. Kennedy
Book DescriptionRobert Kennedy is one of three Jesuits in the world who answer to both the title 'Father' and 'Roshi', or venerable Zen teacher. In 1991, after ten years of practising Zen meditation, he was installed as a Zen teacher at the recommendation of his teacher, Glassman Roshi, and of Glassman Roshi's teacher, Maezumi Roshi. Today, he directs a dozen groups of people from many religious persuasions - even atheists and agnostics - who sit weekly in Zen meditation throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. This book is specifically addressed to the Christian practitioners of Zen meditation or those who are curious about it. It is structured around the ten well-known ox-herding pictures that have been a consistent source of inspiration to Zen students for centuries. Each picture represents a specific Zen insight into life, and these insights, says Kennedy, are not only fully compatible with Christianity but can help Christians achieve the spiritual goals enshrined in a Christian classic. For example, The Cloud of Unknowing: to be silent and attentive, to be wholly present to life, to be able to separate one's true self from one's false self, the self-seeking part of the personality that so often brings one pain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826416544
(152mm x 229mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit, Paperback (December 1997)» View all books by Robert E. Kennedy
'Kennedy shows other Christians a way of integrating Zen Buddhism and Christian belief. He does this convincingly and gracefully... by weaving together Zen poetry and koans, Western poetry and literature, scriptural texts and personal experience.' National Catholic Reporter
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Author Biography - Robert E. Kennedy
Robert J. Kennedy, S.J., teaches theology at St. Peter's College, is a psychotherapist in private practice, and conducts Zen retreats at various centres in the United States and Mexico. He is the author of Zen Spirit/Christian Spirit.
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