Zen Among The Magnolias

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Nova Religio:Journal Of Alternative And Emergent Religions
The author's background certainly prepared him well for the multicultural approach that this type of book demands…the book undoubtedly reads like a fascinating testimony of his own investigation as a Catholic of the 'silent form of prayer' that Zen represents.
— Franca Bellarsi
Nova Religio: The Journal Of Alternative And Emergent Religions - Franca Bellarsi
The author's background certainly prepared him well for the multicultural approach that this type of book demands…the book undoubtedly reads like a fascinating testimony of his own investigation as a Catholic of the 'silent form of prayer' that Zen represents.
Booknews
An ordained Jesuit priest and Zen teacher provides an introduction to Zen thought and practice, covering such themes as why some westerners are drawn to Zen, the experience of practice, three-dimensional prayer, the cross-fertilization of ascesis with aesthetics, student voices, and whether Zen is for everybody. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761814252
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 0.34 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Lee Wren is Associate Professor of History at Loyola University, New Orleans.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    Benjamin Lee Wren's Book Inspires People To Seek Deeper Meaning in Life

    Benjamin Lee Wren's 'Zen Among The Magnolias' is a must reading for anyone who is seeking a deeper meaning for their lives, through the experience of 'zazen', 'tai chi', 'ikebana', 'folk dancing', and the celebration of the litergy. The author focuses on living in the present rather than the past or future. He shows how through parallels between the Four Noble Truths andEight Fold Path of the Buddha and the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus, people become more sensitive to problems of social justice. The nonverbal and nonimage form of contemplation called zazen, is an experience of depth into one's own being. This practice leads to a deeper understanding of the self and all aspects of life.

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