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on May 2, 2007
I read this book while on a Jesuit spiritual retreat and absolutely loved it. It's not a book not about the bible or about zen but about both and how the author's practice of Zen is able to deepen his Christian understanding and faith. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an affinity toward both and a good model as to how incorporate both practices and teachings into one's life.
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on November 1, 2008
I came across this wonderful book ten years ago. It is not a book that you read but rather you are read by. If you understand the difference you might begin to understand the message of the author. Although every insight is explained in a conceptual way, Kadowaki-san continually reminds the reader at each stage that if you are satisfied with just that much you are missing the real import of the Bible message. He is very much in line with the mystical side of Christianity and indeed most religious mystical traditions. If you come to this book full of your beliefs, whatever they are, Christian or Zen Buddhist they will keep you from experiencing the Path. If you are ready to empty your cup and just read and be open, great abundance awaits you. Just as it always has. This is a book you can experience again and again. A fine source for meditative practice even if you're not Catholic as the author is. My poor paperback is now getting worn out and I'm looking for a hardback to replace it. A little known gem that everyone serious about living the life of Christ instead of just being "churched" should make part of their everyday mind. A close comparison can be found in some of the work of Thomas Merton.
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on October 21, 2011
There are many similarities between Christianity and Buddhism and these are treated well. As usual interpretations sometimes differ, but this work adds to others that are valueable in the interfaith discussion.
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on June 30, 2015
Very useful book for all ages. The reading Scripture with the "body," originally developed from doing zazen and solving koans, has been neglected in the West. We have heavily used our intellectual and rational knowledge in all aspects of life, particularly for the last two centuries. Fr. Kadowaki shows us how to read Scripture correctly. Does it mean that we need to acquire a zen-mind? I think so. At least I feel that I need to.
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on March 11, 2005
This book was written by a priest (from The Society of Jesus), [...]

Mr. Kadowaki was exposed to the spiritual aspects of Zen Buddhism in his early days and when he became a priest, he is able to effectively apply his Zen knowledge and experience to his Christianity practise.

However, Christians, Catholics or Buddhist who are fundamentally dogmatic about their own practise would have a hard time learning from this excellent spiritual book.

I look forward more books such as "Bible and Zen", "Islam and Bible", "Bible and Islam", "Vedas and Bible", etc.

What a wonderful life.

With metta. Rex.
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on May 4, 2014
I have not read all of the book. So far it is just the experiences of the priest. Maybe later I will get what I want, which is how Zen and the Bible compare. What are the similiarities and differences and what does it mean.
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on March 20, 2007
As Zen practitioners know, religious practices (carya) must emphasize the body's posture. In zazen one needs to remain erect, regulating one's breath and ordering the mind. It is not enough to remain in a lazy state, without any thoughts in order to transcend the world. What matters is the so-called DOKUSAN, or personal chat with one's teacher. What is being sought is KENSHO, which consists in being able to see into one's nature. One needs to transcend dualistic mentality. Koans cannot be solved through discursive reasoning. In Zen koans are foundational. The author cites 5 types of koan, the solution of which generates a great inner calm and happiness. They are like a sword that kills and that gives life. One needs to experience the MU which is the Original Face (true Self). MU must not be understood in a nihilist way, nor in a dualist way. It is the Buddha-nature.

GONSEN: a koan that studies the words of the patriarchs, leading the student to understand its deep meaning, which he then needs to render in his own words.

HOSSHIN: (dharma-kaya) koans that help one see with greater clarity into the un-differentiated world of his substantial being, which he has understood in the enlightenment.

KIKAN: a koan concerning the bonds of differentiation. The student looks into the un-differentiated world of his true self and then comes back to understand the differentiated everyday world.

We need to listen to Jesus' words with our Hara

Practitioners must:

1)Meditate 5 hours a day

2)Pray even when they don't feel like it (agere contra) and especially in every unfavorable circumstance

What I found interesting was the comparison between a sesshin and a week of Ignatian exercises.
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