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Fingers Pointing Toward the Sacred: A Twentieth Century Pilgrimage on the Eastern and Western Way

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Take part in a fascinating spiritual journey around the world with renowned artist, sculptor, and author Frederick Franck as he visits Sri Lanka, India, the Himilayas, and Japan. Along the way he relates events of the journey to memories of his life, tying past and present together with a series of flashbacks that add depth and richness to the narrative. Sit in on intimate, probing conversations with the twentieth-century giants of faith he met along the way: Pope John XXIII, the Dalai Lama, Albert Schweitzer, D.T. Suzuki, and many others. Using his personal journey to the East to highlight the encounter between Christianity and the religions of the East, he explores the deep spiritual resonances between Buddhism and Christianity.

The culmination of wisdom from a lifelong pilgrimage by the author of the classic book, The Zen of Seeing, this is an exciting journey with a guide who is wise, insightful, joyous, and full of hope. Franck's descriptions of his travels and his experiences along the way shine with the vividness only an artist could capture. If you are one of those restless spiritual pilgrims who feels the need to go beyond all formal religion and any single tradition, you would be wise to observe where Franck points in this gem of a book. Includes over 50 charming drawings which Franck sketched along the way.

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Harvey Cox
I...was deeply impressed by the way he could combine a subtle but thorough appreciation for Japanese religion and culture without feeling he had to diminish his serious Christian spirituality. I sometimes believe that his artist's eye must be the secret. He simply sees things most people do not...enchanting narrative quality...a rare book.
—( Harvey Cox, author of Many Mansions)
Jacob Needleman
Frederick Franck is one of a rare and precious breed - an authentic troubadour whose lyricism is pure in word and image. He quietly roams our materialistic world and shows us that even here, even now, there is hope for our soul.
—(Jacob Needleman, author of Money and the Meaning of Life)
Matthew Fox
Frederick Franck has given us another book of wisdom. In his quest to find the resonances between Christian spirituality and Buddhism, he acts as a bridge himself. His sincere dialogues with the spiritual masters of the East show us the possibility of a universal ecumenism that is rarely experienced. A treasure for those who are on or seek a spiritual journey.
—(Matthew Fox, author of The Reinvention of Work)
Patrick Hart
Brother Patrick Hart, OCSO, Gethsemani Abbey
Frederick Franck's new book is his best, the fruit of a long and rich life of bridge-building between East and West. Every page is filled with insight and wisdom that flows from a free and compassionate heart. It deserves a wide and universal audience.
Raimon Panikkar
In our times of devasting tourism, even spiritual tourism, it is exhilarating and comforting to read the vivid recollections of an artist and a thinker who succeeds in clothing in simple language the most burning issues of our times in conversations with remarkable personalities of Asia. You will learn as much, if not more, about spirituality and comparative religion from his narrative than from more abstract and apparently profound books. Sometimes you feel that his finger does not only point toward the Sacred, but that he actually touches it.
—(Raimon Panikkar, author of Silence of God)
Robert Aitken
Frederick Franck is that rarest of human beings, a true eclectic...and his beautiful, compassionate, clear-eyed drawings!
—(Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen)
Thomas Moore
The beauty of this book lies not only in its theme - the eternal search for the heart of religion - but also in the way Frederick Franck reconciles the archetypal journey with his personal history and with the modern world. Most important, he tells a good story, he tells it well, and the story he tells is an ancient one revisited - exactly what we wonderers and wanderers need.
—(Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569070062
  • Publisher: Beacon Point Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 287

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