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Zen Gifts to Christians Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826412823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826412829
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,746,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Has much to offer those seeking a deeper awareness of God's presence rich fare. In these days when we can be helped so much in our spirituality from other religious traditions, this book is highly recommended." Fr. Patrick, Monos, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By david partridge on 1 Feb. 2015
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An inspiring and suggestful examination of the value of Zen insights to Christian prayer and discipleship.
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And Not Just For Christians. 30 Jan. 2001
By Peter Fennessy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a small, but very wise and compassionate book. It is difficult to keep from reading it at a sitting, but even then it invites rereading perhaps many times, not just to try to penetrate the obscurity that necessarily cloaks all things Zen, but to rise to the challenges each chapter sets one's personal growth. The Catholic Church has discovered at Vatican II the working of the Spirit and the presence of the good beyond its borders and even the possibility that members of that Church might learn from those without. Who better to help that task along than Robert Kennedy who is both Catholic priest and Zen Roshi. In this book Kennedy comments on the ten traditional Zen ox-herding pictures, an allegory of the search for the true self. He illustrates their meanings with koans and stories of the Zen masters, but even more extensively with a wealth of modern poetry and literature. This is a guide for the searcher more than a theology for the theorist. The gifts he has in mind are: commitment to practice, transcending our latest theologies in an attitude of unknowing, self-reliance, accepting impermanence and constant change, self-mastery that is really vibrant living, experiencing the absolute incarnated in the relative, the coorigination of all things, finding the absolute within, being transformed into it, and compassionate service to others. These are Zen gifts Kennedy explains and commends principally to those Christians drawn by temperament to Zen practice. But he writes in such a way that I think the book suitable for people of any and even of no particular faith, who yet feel some calling to the way of Zen. The book is written with elegance, grace, generosity and compassion. But if one pays too much attention to Kennedy's message, that compassion can be the compassion of ten firm strokes from the Roshi's keisaku (stick) that strike at our sloth, illusions, dependency, mediocrity, and self-centeredness. I recommend it highly.
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Surprised 9 Oct. 2013
By Baking Fool - Published on Amazon.com
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I must say I was surprised at the simplicity and the depth of the book. I learned as much about Catholicism as I did about Buddhism.
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Five Stars 6 Oct. 2014
By Billy D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Book gives a good deacription of how zen gifts connect to Christianity.
Four Stars 3 Jan. 2015
By Phil Doran - Published on Amazon.com
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Clearly written a good read
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