The east still remembers that humans can adore the infinite with the whole body. I found two written sources quite helpful in understanding mysticism, buddhist and christian. Reflection on zen and christian mysticism, was authored by an irish jesuit who taught at sophia university in japan and did lengthy dialogue with. Theologian who pushed for interreligious dialogue the irish times. Sec suzuki, meister eckhart and buddhism, mysticism. Reflections on zen and christian mysticism 1970, christian zen. Reflections on zen and christian mysticism 08232086 book cover. His doctoral thesis was published as the mysticism of the cloud of unknowing1978, and is widely regarded as his best book. It has some wonderful insights and points to raise in the beginning. Reflections on zen and christian mysticism by william johnston online at alibris.
This is important to christianity, which is incarnational. Reflections on zen and christian mysticism by william johnston 9780823208616. More and more books about the buddhistchristian dialogue are being published. But i think merton is still the best source for christians interested in mysticism, meditation, and zen.
Reflections on zen and christian mysticism by william johnston and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. His object is, first, ecumenical to explore the bases of zen and christian mysticism, so that buddhist and christian can communicate. Reflections on zen and christian mysticism 1970 and christian zen 1971. In the book contemplative prayer1 thomas merton presents his mature thought on. Christian zen is a ground breaking book for all christians seeking to. Reflections on zen and christian mysticism reflections on zen and on christian mysticism william johnston published by fordham university press 19890101 1989. The true christian life is not imitating christ, but becoming christ, embodying christ. William johnston is a western christian working at a university in japan, in search of connection points between zen practice and the christian mystical tradition. It is surely a significant manifestation of the permanence of.
In this book, originally published in 1978, father johnston, professor at sophia university. In 1993 bill moyerss television series and book healing and the mind. One book that was of particular interest to me was his the still point. Reflections on zen and christian mysticism by william johnston. Conversion to the kingdom of god, reflections on the jewish mysticism of rosenzweig, f.