Zen for Christians: A Beginner's Guide

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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. ...
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Overview

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 meditation 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787963767
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Boykin is a Christian practitioner of Zen and an experienced workshop leader and teacher of Zen practices and contemplative prayer to both Christian and non-Christian audiences.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
An Invitation to Zen Practice 1
1 How I Became a Christian Zen Practitioner 23
2 The Buddhist Way of Liberation from Suffering 49
3 Zen Teachings and Christian Teachings 81
4 Enlightenment: Already and Not Yet 107
5 Making Zen Practice Part of Your Life 135
One More Thought: If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Badly 159
Recommended Resources 163
Notes 171
Acknowledgments 181
The Author 185
Index 187
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    Living Life Fully, Moment by Moment

    Zen for Christians contains practical meditation instructions, interspersed with personal stories as well as more theological chapters. Boykin does a great job addressing theological questions about doing Zen practice without compromising one's Christian faith. Her explanation of the Buddha's Four Noble Truths is one of the clearest I've ever read. She takes complex philosophical concepts and makes them very easy to understand, but without "watering them down." Zen for Christians is a welcome addition to the growing number of books on interfaith dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism.

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