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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826409199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826409195
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will be of particular interest to Christians who are both puzzled and intrigued by one who simultaneously professes Christian faith and engages in Zen practice. When Kennedy--a Jesuit, a practicing psychotherapist, and a Zen teacher (sensei)--writes autobiographically, this book is at its best. The book is divided into four sections corresponding to four stages of spiritual life and four stages of alchemy: lead (knowledge), quicksilver (love), sulphur (purification), and gold (union). The diversity of references, from alchemy to Jung to Zen, reflects the eclectic character of the book, which reads like a loosely connected series of homilies with moments of insight but no unitive theory. The reader is best advised to savor the glimpses and experiment with the possibility of seeing through them. Steve Schroeder --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'This book will be of particular interest to Christians who are both puzzled and intrigued by one who simultaneously professes Christian faith and engages in Zen practice. When Kennedy - a Jesuit, a practicing psychotherapist, and a Zen teacher (sensei) - writes autobiographically, this book is at its best. The book is divided into four sections corresponding to four stages of spiritual life and four stages of alchemy: lead (knowledge), quicksilver (love), sulphur (purification), and gold (union). The diversity of references, from alchemy to Jung to Zen, reflects the eclectic character of the book, which reads like a loosely connected series of homilies with moments of insight but no unitive theory. The reader is best advised to savor the glimpses and experiment with the possibility of seeing through them.' (Steve Schroeder, Booklist)

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By RyanAtUTK@aol.com on May 5, 1998
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This book is very heavy in Zen philosophy... if you're new to Zen (aka. less than a few books) don't start with this book... start with William Johnston's book "Christian Zen", it's a MUCH simpler read...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pete Nice on May 6, 2007
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It is a beautifully written work which points to ways in which Buddhism can add flavor to Christian life. Kennedy uses a fine selection of both Eastern and Western literary work to illustrate his points. It is an excellent read for anyone curious about the Buddhist tradition. Kennedy is a Jesuit and also a Zen master and therefore is very knowledgable about both ways of life and how they can complement each other. Highly recommended!!

PETER KIMBIS
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Watkins on December 22, 2000
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Well written. Clear account of Zen and Christianity. If you're a contemplative soul, this is a must read. The author shares keen insight into the place of Zen in Christian life.
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By Zen Elder on February 24, 2015
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Good book on the commonality of spiritual practice, rather than focusing on the differences between religious traditions. This is my second copy, as I lent one out, and it never came back. Father Kennedy is a teacher in the lineage of Maezumi Roshi.
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