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Compassion and Meditation


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Part One
The Way of Meditation

1 Zen and Hesychasm

2 Transmission
The Samaritan Woman

3 The Practice of Hesychast Meditation
Posture * Orientation * Breathing * Invocation *
Centered in the Heart

Part Two
The Way of Compassion

4 What Is a Bodhisattva?

5 The Dhammapada and the Gospels

6 The Vow of Compassion

7 The Practice of Compassion

8 Impurities of the Mind

9 The Five Motivations
The "Desire for the God-Realms" * The Desire for Awakening * "Disinterested" Desire * Gratuity * Sharing

10 The Four Considerations Taught by the Buddha
The Same Family * A Community of Destiny * Impermanence * Buddha-Nature

11 The Three Attitudes: The King, the Ferryman, the Shepherd

12 The Six Perfections, or the Six Paramitas

13 Giving
The Gift of Material Things * The Gift of Protection * The Gift of Love * The Gift of Loving-Kindness * The Gift of Truth

14 Discipline

15 Three Negative Actions of the Body
Killing * Taking What Is Not Ours (Theft) * Misuse of Sexuality

16 Three Positive Actions of the Body
Protection * Giving * Good Use of Sexuality (Chastity)

17 Four Negative Actions of Speech
Lying * Ill Will * Insult * Chatter

18 Four Positive Actions of Speech
Speaking Honestly * Speaking for the Good * Maintaining a Space of Listening * Speaking Clearly and Concisely

19 Three Negative Actions of the Mind
Possessiveness * Antagonism * Fixating on Concepts

20 Three Positive Actions of the Mind
Satisfaction * Goodwill * Flexibility of Mind

21 Patience

22 Energy

23 Meditation

24 Wisdom

Epilogue--Between Us: Nothing



About the Author

Jean-Yves Leloup is a theologian, French Orthodox priest, Coptic translator and founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books in English include the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Philip, Judas and Jesus, and The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary. He lives in France.


"Jean-Yves Leloup is that rare Christian who has mined the spiritual depths and mysteries of Christianity. His Christianity is neither staid nor boring, but alive and deep, fresh and ancient. Buddhism takes on new meaning in this context so that we learn how the wisdom of each tradition, East and West, allows the Great Mystery to become grounded in our own being and from there into active compassion to our broken world." * Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing, A New Reformation, and One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Sprin *
". . . worth consideration for an interfaith readership . . . " * Library Journal, Oct 2009 *
"If one wishes to make sense of the world, French Orthodox priest Jean Yves Leloup believes the tools are to be found in the Christian and Buddhist camps equally." * ForeWord Reviews, Sept 2009 *
" . . . [Leloup's] perspective on Buddhism is unique. . . . meditation practitioners interested in comparative religions may gain something from Leloup's perspective." * Publishers Weekly Religion Bookline, Sept 2009 *
"New age and spiritual libraries on both sides need this." * The Midwest Book Review, Nov 2009 *
" . . . worthwhile challenge for anyone wishing to learn more about meditative practices and comparative religion." * William J. Kanallery, MultiCultural Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 2010 *
"This book was a refreshing read. Too often when a book discusses two religious systems it tries to put one above the other, or tries too hard to erase any differences. Leloup takes the middle path and discusses two faiths without making one out to be superior, and without making them into one practice. Christianity and Buddhism are both revered, and kept distinct, complimenting each other like Mind and Heart; Compassion and Meditation." * Spiral Nature, September 2010 *
"Every great prophet or guru brings with him or her a central message, and Buddha and Jesus are no exceptions. Buddha brought the wave of compassion and Jesus, in my humble opinion, brought the healing energy of love. Unfortunately, in the process of ego personalities' organizing of these messages for mass consumption, the messages are lost and often end up polarized with other systems. In no other time in history has it been so imperative to bring the world's traditions into balance. This book dives into the commonality of both systems by revitalizing the original messages of compassion and meditation." * Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, October 2012 *

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