The author's reflection upon Zen Buddhism and Catholicism has shown many points of contact between them, in spite of their divergent rituals and philosophies.
Author: Aelred Graham
Publisher: Gracewing Publishing
Category: Catholicism - Religious life
The author's reflection upon Zen Buddhism and Catholicism has shown many points of contact between them, in spite of their divergent rituals and philosophies. Although he warns against the weaknesses of Zen, he urges Westerners in general, and Catholics in particular, to draw from its strengths, suggesting that the harmony Zen points to at the heart of religion could bring the West freedom from unnecessary anxiety and a new awareness of the peace of God.
Author: Richard Bryan McDanielPublish On: 2017-01-21
Although there are a number of books written on Christianity and Zen, including several by Catholic clergy, this is the first to take it from its origins with the Jesuit missionaries sent to Japan, to interviews with the many contemporary ...
Author: Richard Bryan McDaniel
Catholicism and Zen explores the history of Christian/Buddhist dialogue, and profiles fourteen modern Catholic clergy who have become authorized to teach Zen practice within their Christian faith. These real-life stories of men and women engaged in a spiritual quest enliven the meaning and form of awakening beyond traditional constrictions. Although there are a number of books written on Christianity and Zen, including several by Catholic clergy, this is the first to take it from its origins with the Jesuit missionaries sent to Japan, to interviews with the many contemporary Catholic clergy - priests and nuns both - who maintain their Catholic faith and practice and find it enhanced by their Zen training.
The popular Western notion that Zen throws all faith and philosophy out the
window to sit on literal emptiness arises ... in J ohnson's claim to make at least a
cursory examination of Zen and Catholicism's stance on broader issues
German Jesuit Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle, found that the practice of Zen Buddhism
enhanced their understanding of the ... At first Kadowaki was impressed by the
radical differences between Catholic and Zen perspectives, but eventually he ...
Author: Vladimir Latinovic
This book assesses how Vatican II opened up the Catholic Church to encounter, dialogue, and engagement with other world religions. Opening with a contribution from the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, it next explores the impact, relevance, and promise of the Declaration Nostra Aetate before turning to consider how Vatican II in general has influenced interfaith dialogue and the intellectual and comparative study of world religions in the postconciliar decades, as well as the contribution of particular past and present thinkers to the formation of current interreligious and comparative theological methods. Additionally, chapters consider interreligious dialogue vis-à-vis theological anthropology in conciliar documents; openness to the spiritual practices of other faith traditions as a way of encouraging positive interreligious encounter; the role of lay and new ecclesial movements in interreligious dialogue; and the development of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. Finally, it includes a range of perspectives on the fruits and future of Vatican’s II’s opening to particular faiths such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Zen and Catholicism are two distinct religions. The term is derived from a book by
that title published in 1963 by the Benedictine priest at Britain's ampleforth abbey,
Father aelred Graham, osB, who corresponded often with Thomas merton.
Author: Anthony E. Clark
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The recent tide of books comparing Christianity and Buddhism has centered mostly on similarities. The Dalai Lama, for example, provided his opinions on Christianity in a popular book, The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (1996). Other writers have equally sought to describe these two traditions as “two paths to the same place.” Finding these approaches overly simplified, Anthony Clark confronts the distinctions between Buddhism and Catholic Christianity, acknowledging areas of confluence, but also discerning areas of abiding difference. Clark provides here a Catholic view of Buddhism that avoids obfuscations, seeking clarity for the sake of more productive dialogue.
One was highly critical of the American Catholic press, in which he quoted the
satirical typical headline found in a diocesan journal: "Priest's ... His most popular
book continues to be Zen Catholicism, available once more in paperback. Finally
Author: James P. MacGuire
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
What does it mean to be Catholic in America? Catholicism and the American Experience highlights the proceedings of the fifth annual Portsmouth Institute conference on the unique elements of American Catholicism. This book features essays from Robert George, Peter Steinfels, George Weigel, E. J. Dionne, and many more.
Therefore , this chapter begins by employing three separate books to examine
three very different types of religion : Roman Catholicism , the most complex
institution of " the religions of the book ” ( Judaism , Christianity , Islam ) ; Zen ...
In January 2002 I was participating in a one-year memorial ceremony for a
Japanese-Brazilian family at Tenzui Zen Dojo ... (typically of Afro- Brazilian
religions and Euro-Brazilian Spiritism) and Catholicism (in Nicia's mother's faith
Author: Cristina Rocha
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Widely perceived as an overwhelmingly Catholic nation, Brazil has experienced in recent years a growth in the popularity of Buddhism among the urban, cosmopolitan upper classes. In the 1990s Buddhism in general and Zen in particular were adopted by national elites, the media, and popular culture as a set of humanistic values to counter the rampant violence and crime in Brazilian society. Despite national media attention, the rapidly expanding Brazilian market for Buddhist books and events, and general interest in the globalization of Buddhism, the Brazilian case has received little scholarly attention. Cristina Rocha addresses that shortcoming in Zen in Brazil. Drawing on fieldwork in Japan and Brazil, she examines Brazilian history, culture, and literature to uncover the mainly Catholic, Spiritist, and Afro-Brazilian religious matrices responsible for this particular indigenization of Buddhism. In her analysis of Japanese immigration and the adoption and creolization of the Sôtôshû school of Zen Buddhism in Brazil, she offers the fascinating insight that the latter is part of a process of "cannibalizing" the modern other to become modern oneself. She shows, moreover, that in practicing Zen, the Brazilian intellectual elites from the 1950s onward have been driven by a desire to acquire and accumulate cultural capital both locally and overseas. Their consumption of Zen, Rocha contends, has been an expression of their desire to distinguish themselves from popular taste at home while at the same time associating themselves with overseas cultural elites.
It's been along journey getting here, to this introduction of my life as a Zen monk. I
started out Catholic, I'll have you know. For so many of us, the religion we were
born into is like a birthmark or even a deformity: either we've kept it and learned ...
Author: Shozan Jack Haubner
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Essays relate how the author, who was raised in a convervative Catholic family, went on to study philosophy and become a monk, chronicling his humorous and unconventional experiences in a Zen monastery.
james l. fredericks In the fall of 1549, Francis Xavier, SJ, began a series of
conversations with the Venerable Ninshitsu, a Zen monk of the Sōtō sect and
abbot of Fukushōji Temple in Kagoshima, Japan. Ninshitsu welcomed the Catholic saint ...
Author: James L. Heft S. M.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
How can the world's many religions overcome ideological differences and come together to promote understanding, justice and peace? In this groundbreaking volume, James L. Heft and fifteen other leading scholars of the world's major religions show how to answer this crucial question.
An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church Kaya Oakes ... What Zen and
contemplative Catholicism have in common, something Merton was way ahead
of his time in discovering, is that emptying the mind leaves you more open to the
Author: Kaya Oakes
Category: Biography & Autobiography
As someone who clocked more time in mosh pits and at pro-choice rallies than kneeling in a pew, Kaya Oakes was not necessarily the kind of Catholic girl the Vatican was after. But even while she immersed herself in the punk rock scene and proudly called herself an atheist, something kept pulling her back to the religion of her Irish roots. After running away from the Church for thirty years, Kaya decides to return. Her marriage is under stress, her job is no longer satisfying, and with multiple deaths in her family, a darkness looms large. In spite of her frustration with Catholic conservatism, nothing brings her peace like Mass. After years of searching to no avail for a better religious fit, she realizes that the only way to find harmony—in her faith and her personal life—is to confront the Church shed left behind. Rebellious and hypercritical, Kaya relearns the catechisms and achieves the sacraments, all while trying to reconcile her liberal beliefs with contemporary Church philosophy. Along the way she meets a group of feisty feminist nuns, a “pray-and-bitch circle, an all-too handsome Italian priest, and a motley crew of misfits doing their best to find their voices in an outdated institution. This is a story of transformation, not only of Kayas from ex-Catholic to amateur theologian, but ultimately of the cultural and ethical pushes for change that are rocking the worlds largest religion to its core.
Currently when I think of Zen, I associate it with little, bald, Asian men who wear
orange robes. Obviously there is so ... about Zen. My mother is Catholic and my
father was raised Buddhist, although I do not think his family practiced regularly.
Author: Margaret Syverson
What happens when 21 university students encounter the teachings and practices of Zen for the first time? Most writings on Zen have come from Zen masters, scholars, and experienced practitioners. Here, a cross-section of American students with no prior experience of Zen read contemporary Zen texts, engage in meditation practice, and participate in in-class inquiry, documenting their emerging understandings, challenges, doubts, and questions over the course of a fifteen-week semester in a college course titled Non-argumentative rhetoric in Zen. Despite the common framework of texts, meditation practice, and class discussion, each chapter is a unique and fresh account of this work.
... in esoteric religion , turning to Zen , cabala , or activist versions of Catholicism
in order to discover new spiritual highs . John Ciardi , writing in the Saturday
Review in 1960 , claims that the Beats have “ raided from Zen whatever offered
Author: Michael Davidson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Although the term "San Francisco Renaissance" is usually associated with the Beat movement, this overview emphasizes how it was in reality a collage of diverse "communities" providing an important context for subsequent counterculture developments.
I read other books on Zen, by D. T. Suzuki and Alan Watts, and found them quite
helpful in my own practice. Their Zen discourse encouraged me—then a young
Roman Catholic priest immersed in that period's cauldron of controversy about ...
Author: Catherine Cornille
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Catherine Cornille, Boston College David Tracy, University of Chicago Divinity School Werner Jeanrond, University of Glasgow Marianne Moyaert, University of Leuven John Maraldo, University of North Florida Reza Shah-Kazemi, Institute of Ismaili Studies Malcolm David Eckel, Boston University Joseph S. O'Leary, Sophia University John P. Keenan, Middlebury College Hendrik Vroom, VU University Amsterdam Laurie Patton, Emory University
The thing is that although Zen has the appearances of being a sort of fad in this
country, it is actually a life-saver for many ... A copy of Aelred Graham's Zen Catholicism had been sent to Thomas Merton, which he in turn reviewed
favorably in ...
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
As the third volume in the series including The Hidden Ground of Love (1985) and The Road to Joy (1989), this collection features Thomas Merton's letters to members of religious communities around the world. Merton's questions about the monastic life, sometimes radical and disturbing, either arose from what was happening in his own experience or reflected the extraordinary changes that followed Vatican Council II.
His commentary contains further explanation of a passage cited earlier: In other
words, in Zen there are conventions ... Faced, then, with men of religion such the Catholic priests, who put everything on the line in their practice, the Zen monks ...
Author: Kojin Karatani
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Kojin Karatani wrote the essays in History and Repetition during a time of radical historical change, triggered by the collapse of the Cold War and the death of the Showa emperor in 1989. Reading Karl Marx in an original way, Karatani developed a theory of history based on the repetitive cycle of crises attending the expansion and transformation of capital. His work led to a rigorous analysis of political, economic, and literary forms of representation that recast historical events as a series of repeated forms forged in the transitional moments of global capitalism. History and Repetition cemented Karatani's reputation as one of Japan's premier thinkers, capable of traversing the fields of philosophy, political economy, history, and literature in his work. The first complete translation of History and Repetition into English, undertaken with the cooperation of Karatani himself, this volume opens with his innovative reading of The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, tracing Marx's early theoretical formulation of the state. Karatani follows with a study of violent crises as they recur after major transitions of power, developing his theory of historical repetition and introducing a groundbreaking interpretation of fascism (in both Europe and Japan) as the spectral return of the absolutist monarch in the midst of a crisis of representative democracy. For Karatani, fascism represents the most violent materialization of the repetitive mechanism of history. Yet he also seeks out singularities that operate outside the brutal inevitability of historical repetition, whether represented in literature or, more precisely, in the process of literature's demise. Closely reading the works of Oe Kenzaburo, Mishima Yukio, Nakagami Kenji, and Murakami Haruki, Karatani compares the recurrent and universal with the singular and unrepeatable, while advancing a compelling theory of the decline of modern literature. Merging theoretical arguments with a concrete analysis of cultural and intellectual history, Karatani's essays encapsulate a brilliant, multidisciplinary perspective on world history.