Zen Among the Magnolias

Zen Among the Magnolias

by Benjamin Lee Wren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761814256

ISBN-13: 9780761814252

Pub. Date: 05/20/1999

Publisher: UPA

Zen Among the Magnolias explores the integration of some of the practices of Zen and of Christianity. Benjamin Lee Wren discusses the possibilities as people from different backgrounds seek a deeper meaning for their lives, without destroying their heritage, through experiences such as zazen, tai chi, ikebana, folk dancing, and the celebration of the liturgy. He

Overview

Zen Among the Magnolias explores the integration of some of the practices of Zen and of Christianity. Benjamin Lee Wren discusses the possibilities as people from different backgrounds seek a deeper meaning for their lives, without destroying their heritage, through experiences such as zazen, tai chi, ikebana, folk dancing, and the celebration of the liturgy. He focuses on living in the present rather than in the past or the future. Wren explains a merging of asceticism and aesthetics which leads to a philosophy and theology that appreciates less as more, asymmetry, simplicity, tranquillity, and the beauty of aging. He shows how through parallels between the Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path of the Buddha and the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus, people become more sensitive to the problems of social justice. The result of an understanding of Zen through the nonverbal and nonimage form of pure contemplation called zazen, Wren demonstrates, is an experience of depth and breadth into the root of one's own being. This practice does not discount a Christian background; instead, it leads to a deeper understanding of all aspects of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761814252
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
05/20/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Head, Heart, Hurt, Hunger, Hunt, Haven Chapter 3 Space and Time Chapter 4 Hands, Heart, and Feet Chapter 5 Wabi/Sabi and Shibumi Chapter 6 The Results of Zazen Practice Chapter 7 Is Zen for Everyone? Chapter 8 Glossary Chapter 9 Select Bibliography Chapter 10 Index

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