The Still Point: Reflections on Zen and Christian Mysticism (Google eBook)

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Fordham Univ Press, 1970 - Religion - 193 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

The Zen Enlightenment
1
The Christian Mystical Experience
27
Zen Psychological Structure
47
Christian Mysticism Psychological Structure
67
Reason and Irrationality
87
The Intuitive Approach to Morality
101
Zen and Amaeru
119
Defining Mysticism
129
Incarnation
151
10 Zen and the West
171
Zen and Christianity
183
Index
195
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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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