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« on: February 08, 2012, 10:43:51 PM »

Before I began inquiring into Orthodoxy, I was really interested in the contemplative, meditative, and mystical side of Christianity. It was a huge step away from all the usual stuff about Christianity that I had known. One book I read (but did not finish) was called "Zen for Christians" by Kim Boykin.  It got good reviews among Christian and seeking readers.

Here's the synopsis:

In Zen for Christians, author Kim Boykin—who has personally experienced the gifts of Buddhism in her own Christian faith and has taught this subject in a variety of settings—offers Christians a way to incorporate Zen practices into their lives without compromising their beliefs and faith.

Zen for Christians assumes curiosity but no knowledge as it walks readers through specific concepts of Zen philosophy—such as suffering, attachment, and enlightenment—and explains each in a simple, lively way. Sections between chapters gently guide readers through Zen mediation practices, explaining the basics in a clear, engaging way. One key chapter places Christian and Zen teachings side by side to help Christian readers not only understand Zen but appreciate what it has to offer them.

Zen for Christians illustrates how Zen practice can be particularly useful for Christians who want to enrich their faith by incorporating contemplative practices.

Has anyone here read this?

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 12:21:40 AM »

Have not read this book, but i wanna say;

you are on the right track....your intrest in Orthodoxy that is.

So why do you wanna mess around with other religions?

You lucked out>>>u got it right,

So, dig your heals in, keep your eyes on Christ and immerse yourself in the beauty of Orthodoxy.

The above is coming from a former "Zen" man of 20 or so years.

I packed up all my Budhist books in 3 huge boxes and put them in the garage. Talk about baggage.

I now travel light, no more baggage just the Holy Bible.
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 12:25:26 PM »

Uh...everyone knows that the Catholic Church absolutely supports Zen.

If you will, you can become all flame.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 01:09:41 PM »

Haaa haa--thats funny Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 06:51:12 PM »

... and let's not forget the Archbishop of Manila during the Marcos years, Cardinal Sin!  laugh
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