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Zen for Christians: A Beginner's Guide

Kim Boykin

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ISBN 10: 0470907517 / ISBN 13: 9780470907511
Published by Jossey-Bass, 2003
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Title: Zen for Christians: A Beginner's Guide

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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"Trustworthy and delightful guide Kim Boykin will demystify and deepen your understanding of both the traditions she practices. Animated and illuminative Zen for Christians beckons toward a practicing and practical faith at the intersection of two great traditions. A gem!"
James W. Fowler, author, Stages of Faith

In Zen for Christians, author Kim Boykin who has personally experienced the gifts of Buddhism in her own Christian faith and has taught this subject in a variety of settings offers Christians a way to incorporate Zen practices into their lives without compromising their beliefs and faith.

Zen for Christians assumes curiosity but no knowledge as it walks readers through specific concepts of Zen philosophy such as suffering, attachment, and enlightenment and explains each in a simple, lively way. Sections between chapters gently guide readers through Zen mediation practices, explaining the basics in a clear, engaging way. One key chapter places Christian and Zen teachings side by side to help Christian readers not only understand Zen but appreciate what it has to offer them.

Zen for Christians illustrates how Zen practice can be particularly useful for Christians who want to enrich their faith by incorporating contemplative practices.


"Kim Boykin writes in the skilled language of simplicity. While addressing those new to Zen, she offers practical wisdom, challenge, and encouragement to all practitioners." –– Rose Mary Dougherty, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Bethesda, Maryland

"The great religions of the world have much to learn from each other. Kim Boykin′s book is a skillful step in that direction. The heart of the matter of Zen is presented in a direct and informative way that is based on her firsthand experience of Zen training. This should prove to be a helpful guide book for any Christian who wishes to explore Zen practice." –– John Daido Loori, Roshi, Abbot, Zen Mountain Monastery

"This lovely, wise, and practical introduction to Zen keeps its promise of companionship as the kind of spiritual cookbook you can bring right into the kitchen. Recipe–reading like this, in fact, inspires you to get into the kitchen, encourages you to keep at it, and invites you to share your efforts in communion with others." –– Steven Tipton, coauthor, Habits of the Heart

"An excellent resource on Zen practice, written f rom a pragmatic, personal, and yet sophisticated point of view. What a fine contribution to Buddhist–Christian understanding!"––Judith Simmer–Brown, coauthor, Benedict′s Dharma: Buddhists Comment on the Rule

"Kim Boykin braids together strands, first, of her experience of Zen, as she came to it from a fairly non religious background but with a profound sense of anguish over the suffering of the world; second, of her very helpful reflections on what she sees as the essential lack of tension between Christianity and Zen; and finally, of her clear instructions and important information for beginners in the practices of Zen. This is a good–humored, intelligent, non–guilt–inducing book written by a person who shows us clearly what it would be like to reap the benefits of what she preaches."––Roberta Bondi, author, Memories of God and Houses: A Family Memoir of Grace

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