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Zen and the Birds of Appetite by Thomas Merton
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it was amazing
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This is a wonderful book for those seeking a more mystical approach to the tenets of Christianity. Merton does an amazing job of simplifying the core differences (and similarities!) between Zen-Buddhism and Christianity. He does a god job of documenting some of the more "radical" theologians in the Church's history and "New Consciousness."

Some of the passages benefit from re-reading; not because they are difficult to comprehend, but because of the meditative nature of some of messages. This is not a volume to be rushed by. I suggest reading a chapter and putting it away, do your day, and come back to it a day or two later. It's a small collection of essays but don't be fooled by the physical weight and slim appearance. The half-page author's note at the beginning alone contains in it hours of material to think about. This book will take you on a journey as deep as you want to go.

The portions with D.T Suzuki alone are worth the price of admission.
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