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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1 edition (September 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086171508X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715084
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book by a former Jesuit priest and Christian Zen master opens by presenting Zen Buddhist practice as a means to heal a "wounded" world. An introductory chapter with footnotes ranging from Heidegger to the World Watch Institute details myriad ways the world needs fixing. None of that is particularly fresh. What is fresh, however, is Habito's interpretation of Christian orthodox beliefs through a Zen lens: for example, Jesus' mystical body may be fruitfully compared to "this very body" of the Buddha. Given this parallel, both enlightenment and what Christians term "the reign of God" are already at hand. From a Buddhist point of view, there is nothing to attain; for a Christian, beholding God can happen right now rather than only in the afterlife. For both, the interconnectedness of all beings becomes apparent, and a statement like "God is love" can express a moment of enlightenment. These kinds of comparisons enrich and unlock the challenging and sometimes mysterious language of Christianity. For a Zen master, Habito sometimes writes too much like an academic ("A diagnostic view of the human problematic and its resolution"). This book's highest value is as Zen apologetic for Christians. (Oct.)
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About the Author

A former Jesuit priest, Ruben L.F. Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and resident teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. A dharma heir of Yamada Koun, he is also the author of Healing Breath and other works in Japanese and English.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor LaBrott on June 21, 2013
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I was fortunite enough to have Ruben as an instructor for a recent class on Buddhist traditions. I was very impressed with his book and his personal insights on Buddhism in the western world. A person need not be either a Buddhist or Christian to gain some deep spiritual insights from this book. His wording is well defined so that even a novice can understand both the ancient and mordern meanings of these teachings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeVona Lahrman on April 25, 2014
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I could never explain why I felt that the two where one in the same. My Christian friends felt threatened, my Buddhist acquaintances seemed to think me quaint. Healing Breath did just that, breathing life into an idea that I carried within me that the message is the same. That the thread of each belief could suture the wounds that divided idea can create.
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A very personal and helpful guide to what it means to discover Zen when you are a Christian, and how to reconcile the two and find peace with practicing both traditions.
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