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Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation [Read] ➲ Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation By William Johnston – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Christian Zen is a ground breaking book for all Christians seeking to deepen and broaden their inner lives Providing concrete guidelines for a way of Christian meditation that incorporates Eastern ins A Way ePUB ↠ Christian Zen is a ground breaking book for all Christians seeking to deepen and broaden their inner lives Providing concrete guidelines for a way of Christian meditation that incorporates Eastern insights, it is a helpful book that can open new spiritual vistas and reveal profound, often undreamed of dimensions of the Christian faith.


10 thoughts on “Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation

  1. George Bremner George Bremner says:

    If you re a dharma geek or a faithful Christian, practicing daily prayer, and you re interested in Zen meditation as another avenue to experience God, then this book is for you Father William Johnston spent his ministry in Japan and decided to meditate in the Zen Monasteries to better understand the Japanese people In this small work, he outlines a Christian approach to take the best Zen has to offer and incorporate meditation as a kind of Christian prayer Basically, Zen uses language to pier If you re a dharma geek or a faithful Christian, practicing daily prayer, and you re interested in Zen meditation as another avenue to experience God, then this book is for you Father William Johnston spent his ministry in Japan and decided to meditate in the Zen Monasteries to better understand the Japanese people In this small work, he outlines a Christian approach to take the best Zen has to offer and incorporate meditation as a kind of Christian prayer Basically, Zen uses language to pierce through the veil of conceptuality, to get to the other side of language, and into raw experience Father Johnston, a proponent of discursive prayer, advocates the Zen approach to get beyond the words of God, the ideas of God or images of God, because these are ultimately imperfect He wants you to pray without words, ideas or images to get in touch with raw experience, the ground of being, that is for him, God Zen offers a practice that does just this Father Johnston takes great pains to note that the mystical side of Christianity in the past had deep contemplative practices, but these practices have been lost, but they can be rediscovered in Christian Zen


  2. Andrew Andrew says:

    Having come into Christianity from Zen Buddhism, I was totally ready for and interested in this book.Overall, it s okay A nice introduction, not too long or detailed I m surprised the author claims a Christian origin because there were a lot of moments when I was rolling my eyes at certain statements This is not an actual example from the book, but how the book draws analogies, if any time scripture records Jesus as sitting the author would see that as a reference to Zen meditation.So while Having come into Christianity from Zen Buddhism, I was totally ready for and interested in this book.Overall, it s okay A nice introduction, not too long or detailed I m surprised the author claims a Christian origin because there were a lot of moments when I was rolling my eyes at certain statements This is not an actual example from the book, but how the book draws analogies, if any time scripture records Jesus as sitting the author would see that as a reference to Zen meditation.So while the book tends to over reach the analogy between Zen and mainly monastic Catholicism, for the most part it points out the very, very real parallels Both can teach each other something But that can be said for most all religions and I think this author tends to over play the similarities a bit too much


  3. Paolo Paolo says:

    Simple book but very important for those who want to have a dialogue beetween western end eastern traditions For some aspect it could be very basic it should be considered as a seed , a must read.


  4. Abby Abby says:

    This little book, by an Irish Catholic Japanophile priest, is very much a product of its era it was published in 1971 he uses the word psychedelic in a serious way, for instance I found it intriguing and valuable in some aspects But I think Merton is still the best source for Christians interested in mysticism, meditation, and zen Johnston s writing is heavy handed at times, and there is a bit of squirrelly theology or maybe it s just that I don t love Catholicism , but I appreciate the This little book, by an Irish Catholic Japanophile priest, is very much a product of its era it was published in 1971 he uses the word psychedelic in a serious way, for instance I found it intriguing and valuable in some aspects But I think Merton is still the best source for Christians interested in mysticism, meditation, and zen Johnston s writing is heavy handed at times, and there is a bit of squirrelly theology or maybe it s just that I don t love Catholicism , but I appreciate the effort And his love of Japan naturally resonates with me Thinking about Iesu, awaremi tamae during my new found yoga practice


  5. Amos Smith Amos Smith says:

    Johnston was an early pioneer in Christian Meditation He explored Zen with vigor, then looked at the New Testament through the lens of Zen I thoroughly appreciate Father Johnston s work This book has a number of deep insights into the heart of Christian Contemplative Tradition Amos Smith author of Healing The Divide Recovering Christianity s Mystic Roots


  6. Fred Kohn Fred Kohn says:

    The author lives in Japan and is part of an ongoing conversation between Christians and Buddhists As such, he can easily draw connections between the two faiths I was happy to see that he is of the same philosophy as I that while it is fine to see similarities between religions one must keep in mind the distinctions as well.


  7. Frank Frank says:

    This is an intense study of Zen meditation in light of Christian mysticism This has become a classic in Christian spiritual practice of deepening and broadening one s inner lives Johnston is really a great spiritual writer and it is hard to resist reading his works


  8. Roderick Vesper Roderick Vesper says:

    I have to be honest, I didn t even finish this one It has some wonderful insights and points to raise in the beginning But it starts to feel repetitive and a little forced for me.


  9. Annie Annie says:

    This is an excellent book for Christians who are also interested in Eastern thought and incorporating Zen meditation techniques into their spiritual practice.


  10. Allyne Allyne says:

    The first work I read on Zen for Christians Fr William Johnston, an Irish, charismatic Jesuit priest, lived most of his life in Japan This thin introduction is a modern classic.


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