This book explores Jeffrey Rothman's thoughts about God, meditation, and the spiritual path. It is partially autobiographical, partially a philosophical explanation of his worldview, and partially a manual about how and why to engage in practices like meditation and prayer. Jeffrey has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism, but also simultaneously expresses a more relational experience of God that was influenced by both Christianity and Hinduism. To him, God is the experience of our own True Nature, an experience that anyone can have through the power of meditation. Our True Nature is already God/Buddha Itself, and to realize this is the greatest Bliss and the goal of human life. However, we can also simultaneously enjoy a relationship with what he calls the Personal God. Both these aspects of the spiritual path are explored in different parts of the book, and Jeffrey's own life narrative sets the stage for why he feels that both viewpoints are important.
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About the Author
Jeffrey Rothman is an author, musician, and public speaker from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has been practicing Zen meditation daily for the past six years, and also trained for 9 months at a Zen Buddhist monastery in Oregon. He was born Jewish, has participated in a variety of Christian churches, and in his spare time has studied world scriptures of the Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, and other traditions. While he considers religions to be paths to God, he does not identify with one in particular. He recently received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma where he focused primarily on non-profit management and the problem of homelessness in America. He released his first album, The Testimonium, which can be found on his website, www.jeffreyrothman.net, in 2014. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.