The Mirror Mind: Zen-Christian Dialogue

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Fordham Univ Press, 1990 - Religion - 181 pages
Here is a lucid, comprehensive presentation of the ways committed Christians can integrate Eastern wisdom and a solidly Christian outlook in a creative approach to self-realization. William Johnston draws upon the great mystics, modern spiritual writers, theologians, and teachers East and West to demonstrate how the various dimensions of Christian spriritual practice are paralleled and complemeted by techniques and insights from Oriental teaching and experience. Rich in ideas and information, yet concretely practical, The Mirror Mind steadily opens readers to new levels and means of spiritual growth. Among the many topics Johnston examines: attaining self-realization by uncovering our inner world and our deepest self; developing the bodily dimension of prayer and worship; using formal prayer and reflective silence to enhance the mystical life; the real value of holy books; relating feeling to spiritual well-being; ways contemplation can heal the senses and transform the body; the divine and human dimensions of genuinely fulfilling love; and the ultimate common ground of compassion.
 

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Contents

Interreligious Dialogue
1
Theological Background
2
The Way of Dialogue
9
Problems of Dialogue
15
SelfRealization
26
In Buddhism
33
In the Christian Tradition
41
Body and Breathing
49
The Zen Koan
97
Hermeneutics Today
102
Interpreting the Bible
108
Transformation of Feeling
111
The Way of Affectivity
112
Eros and Agape
120
The Way of Devotion
125
Healing and Redemption
132

The Way of the Breath
50
The Way of the Body
58
The Body of Christ
65
Words and Silence
72
The Way of Words
73
The Way of Silence
76
The Deeper Words
80
Body Language
85
The Holy Books
88
The Way of Reading
91
The Way of Healing of the Memory
133
From the Womb to the Tomb
139
West and East
145
Redemption
149
Love Human and Divine
152
The Sacramental Dimension
153
The Way of Friendship
159
Love and Death
168
Epilogue
172
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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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