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Beside Still Waters

Jews, Christians and the Way of the Buddha

By J. Keenan (Edited by), Harold Kasimow, Linda Klepinger Keenan, Harold Kasimow (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 288 pages
Published In: United States, 12 August 2005
The Judeo-Christian/Buddhist dialogue is one of the most dynamic and exciting interfaces of Western spirituality, and Beside Still Waters is an unprecedented contribution to it. This book presents fourteen essays from people who, though deeply involved and perhaps even teaching the Buddhist tradition, nonetheless consider themselves primarily Jews or primarily Christians. The essays in this book range from personal to philosophical and sociological, and Beside Still Waters will prove a provocative, seminal, and enduring work.

About the Author

Harold Kasimov is the George Drake Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. He has lived in Thailand and Japan and has been involved in Jewish-Buddhist dialogue since the 1960s. His most recent books are No Religion Is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue, both coedited with Byron Sherwin. John P. Keenan is professor of Religion at Middlebury College and vicar of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Scarborough, Maine. He has published translations and studies in Yogacara Buddhism, and has employed Mahayana Buddhist philosophy in works including The Meaning of Christ: A Mahayana Theology and The Letter of James: Everyday Practice for Everyday Christians. Linda K. Keenan has lived in Japan for several years and taught Japanese language and literature at Middlebury College. She translated Buddhologist Minoru Kiyota's autobiography, Beyond Loyalty: The Story of a Kibei, and contributed "En the Ascetic" to Religions of Japan in Practice.

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Winner of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies' Frederick J. Streng Book of the Year Award, 2004--. ""Beside Still Waters" provides vivid stories of Jews and Christians who have gone east for spiritual study and then returned to their respective faiths much richer for the experience. The stories in the book reveal a pattern: the loss of an early religious dream, the finding of a new one, and a return to the childhood tradition with a reawakening of wonder and spiritual power. Alan Lew, who calls himself a Zen rabbi, believes that his Zen years taught him 'the value of disciplined spiritual practice.'... From these and other insights in the probing, thoughtful collection, we discover that through the exploration of other practices, we can find a mirror to reflect the lost (or forgotten) elements of our own traditions."--Matthew Fox, in Yoga Journal "Beside Still Waters provides vivid stories of Jews and Christians who have gone east for spiritual study and then returned to their respective faiths much richer for the experience. The stories in the book reveal a pattern: the loss of an early religious dream, the finding of a new one, and a return to the childhood tradition with a reawakening of wonder and spiritual power. Alan Lew, who calls himself a Zen rabbi, believes that his Zen years taught him 'the value of disciplined spiritual practice.'... From these and other insights in the probing, thoughtful collection, we discover that through the exploration of other practices, we can find a mirror to reflect the lost (or forgotten) elements of our own traditions."--Matthew Fox, in Yoga Journal

EAN: 9780861713363
ISBN: 0861713362
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Dimensions: 22.81 x 15.29 x 1.96 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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