- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1499530404
- ISBN-13: 978-1499530407
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,528,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Journey Out Of Nothing: My Buddhist Path to Christianity Paperback – May 12, 2014
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I would recommend this book to any Christian who wants to learn in order to be able to talk with a Buddhist without sounding entirely empty headed!
Buddhism it explained simply with it's attractions and it's faults
Martin also tells what he didn't like about the Christian "pushiness" to get him to do Bible studies.However it seems he acknowledges that it was helpful.
The last chapter gives insights into outreach to Buddhists,both American and Asian.
This little book is not just a Christian testimony that recounts a spiritual pilgrimage from Buddhism to Christianity, it is also a work that imparts some excellent information to the novice about Buddhism in general, and Zen Buddhism, in particular. But what sets it apart from other books on Zen is that it’s an experiential account of someone who became an enthusiastic follower while living in Japan for nigh on two decades.
As one reads how Roth visited temple after temple throughout Japan, one feels compelled to read on to know why he eventually turned his back on it. What, for example, gave him cause to doubt that Zen was the wrong path for him? What did he see and hear to make him disillusioned after years of being a practitioner—not in the West, but in Japan itself—the heartland of Zen Buddhism. The answers to these questions proved most enlightening.
Near the end of the book is an interesting snippet that caught my attention. While still living in Japan, Roth attended a Christian Zen meeting run by Catholics. But being a non-Christian at the time, he states that he could not see the point of mixing Christianity with Zen. He therefore gives Christian Zen short shrift.
While this was understandable at the time, I would nevertheless encourage him, now that he is a Christian, to write a sequel to this book that shines an analytical eye on Christian Zen. Why, for example, do some Christian mystics feel that Zen is able to enhance their understanding of their own Christian contemplative practice? Or is it just a case of pure syncretism?
As a professing Christian who has been on a short missionary stint to Japan to teach English, and who has also studied Zen Buddhism as part of a degree course in Japanese culture many moons ago, I found this work a most interesting read. I therefore recommend it to both interested Christians as well as those feeling drawn to Buddhism.