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Zen and the Birds of Appetite by Thomas Merton
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it was ok
bookshelves: philosophy, religion

The title's deceiving. From the title, I expected this book to cover how Zen deals with desire. Instead, I got a book that was more concerned with finding common ground between Christianity and Zen for fruitful dialog without falling into syncreticism.

The author's approach is interesting. He is very sympathetic to Zen and acknowledges a commonality to mystic experience, but still manages to avoid the "all religions are the same" message of some other books.

The author still manages to teach a few things about Zen and when he does this, he does this pretty well, albeit a bit verbosely and the book is a bit dry in some spots.

See Zen Catholicism for a related take and a better coverage of Zen, desire and happiness.
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Reading Progress

September 1, 2010 – Started Reading
September 1, 2010 – Shelved
September 2, 2010 – Finished Reading
September 14, 2010 – Shelved as: philosophy
September 14, 2010 – Shelved as: religion

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