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Zen and the Bible

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Brought up within a Zen Buddhist tradition and later becoming a Jesuit priest, the author shows how Zen enriched his understanding of the Bible, and how Christianity gave substance to his practice of Zen. Original.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published December 4th 2002 by Orbis Books (first published 1980)
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Stewart Dorward
Oct 18, 2011 Stewart Dorward rated it liked it
Shelves: buddhism, non-fiction
The sub title is important: 'A priests experience' - this is very much the personal experience of one man who has been thoroughly immersed in both zazen and the spiritual disciplines of the Jesuits. His conclusion is that although the content / ideas differ the method and emotional / spiritual responses can be the same. Some of the parallels he draws seem a little too far stretched though they seem to have made a lasting impression on him. Most surprising was that it was the current Pope (before ...more
Charles
May 20, 2007 Charles rated it really liked it
Author is both Jesuit priest and Zen adept, a rare and fascinating combination. It's a rare book, so ask me if you want to borrow it.

It could also have been titled "reading the Bible with your whole body."

**Score another one for me -- yet another book that I was first to rate.
Stephen
Mar 31, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. I am always amazed how easily yet profoundly one can draw parallels between religions. Good read looking at the space between how I was raised and what I have discovered.
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