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The Still Point Reflections on Zen and Christian Mysticism

by William Johnston

The Still Point Reflections on Zen and Christian Mysticism Synopsis

It is surely a significant manifestation of the permanence of the soul's quest for God that the Western world, at a time when human values, principles, and ideals are being questioned and rejected, has turned to an interest in the age-old practice of the East - the quest for inner peace and tranquility as found in the profoundly moving experience of contemplation after the method of Zen Buddhism. In this deeply sympathetic study, the author compares the principles and the practices of Zen with the traditional concepts, aims, and results of Christian mysticism. His object is, first, ecumenical - to explore the bases of Zen and Christian mysticism, so that Buddhist and Christian can communicate; second, to rethink the basic concepts of Catholic mystical theology in the light of the Zen experience; and last, to encourage more people to contemplative prayer.

The Still Point Reflections on Zen and Christian Mysticism Press Reviews

The book . . . has much of great weight to offer not only to the Christian but to the Westerner who wishes to understand Zen better. * -Library Journal *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780823208616
Publication date: 31st January 1980
Author: William Johnston
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 202 pages
Categories: Ecumenism, Buddhism,

About William Johnston

William Johnston S.J., an Irish priest who teaches at Sophia University in Tokyo, is the author of many acclaimed books, including, from Fordham University Press, Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation, Being in Love: The Practice of Christian Prayer, and Silent Music: The Science of Meditation.

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