- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Moon Books (28 Oct. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785354426
- ISBN-13: 978-1785354427
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Zen for Druids: A Further Guide to Integration, Compassion and Harmony with Nature Paperback – 28 Oct 2016
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In every page you can sense that the author has learned these insights through experience, that she really understands and lives these principles from a place of deep heart-knowing...I highly recommend this book. It is proof of how seemingly different spiritualities can enrich each other, and for those of us who are drawn to both western and eastern paths, it's a real gem! --Maria Ede-Weaving, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids
I liked how this book brought together both Buddhist and Druid practices to create a practice that is one with nature and enhances our spiritual practice. I learned a lot about both Druidry and Buddhism and how they can work seamlessly together to create a spiritual practice. --Rose Pettit, Insights into the Wonderful World of Books
About the Author
Joanna van der Hoeven is a Druid, best-selling author and teacher. She is the co-founder of Druid College UK. Joanna moved to the UK in 1998, where she now lives with her husband in a small village in Suffolk near the coast of the North Sea.
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The author draws specifically on Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen Master who founded the Community of Interbeing and is a leading model and exponent of ‘engaged Buddhism’. This cultivates personal, social and ecological levels of awareness. It recognizes the radical interdependence of all beings and a need to make ethical/political choices in line with this interdependence. Such Buddhism is not in any way world denying, in the way that Buddhist tradition has at times been in the past. I see Thich Nhat Hanh as a perfect source of influence for this book, and several of his own works are cited in the bibliography.
Zen for Druids is divided into five parts. The first is a clear exposition of Buddhist basics, helped by that tradition’s own style of clear exposition and list making. It includes chapters on the three treasures, the four noble truths, the five basic precepts for lay Buddhists, the eightfold path and the sixteen Bodhisattva precepts. By age-old Buddhist design, there is a certain amount of repetition in these lists, with the same issues coming up again in slightly different contexts. Each individual chapter ends with a set of questions designed to engage the reader in their own reflections.Read more ›
The two books have assisted me in being a Druid of sort in the modern western world throughout the seasons. Recommend the books!!
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It is a hard task to meld Druidism and Buddhism; the Celts believed in animal sacrifice as a sacred act (and shared the meat with their tribe afterwards) to re-create the world by sending energy back to it. Buddhists are very often vegetarians. Buddhists believe in “Ahimsa” or the principle of doing no harm to others. Druids, historically, lent their battle magic to squabbling rulers and sometimes fought duels with swords to claim Druidic titles such as “Chief Poet”. The book advises against the use of intoxicating drinks and yet these were very much a part of ancient Druidism, used to sanctify oaths, boasts and toasts. Any promise made over a cup of mead was to be kept or else you were expected to die trying to keep it!
That said, meditation is a vital art that every Druid should know and we all need it to get through life, no matter who we are and what we are going through, and this well written primer will be a useful guide.
Ellen Evert Hopman, Author of "A Legacy of Druids – Conversations with Druid leaders from Britain, the USA and Canada", "A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine" and other volumes
I love the concepts of harmony with nature, and it is a big part of my fledgling belief system, so this was an ideal book for me. The author gives you a lot of positive reinforcements throughout her writing and helps you to see that you can turn negative forces in your life into positive things. The writing is beautiful and uplifting and made me want to learn more about these things and share them with others.
I would certainly recommend this book to others looking to expand their knowledge on these topics. This book not only teaches you, but us also interesting to read. Great job by the author.
This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.