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Zen for Christians : a beginner's guide
Boykin, Kim, 1966-
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San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

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x, 194 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
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BQ9288 .B69 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Kim Boykin is a Christian practitioner of Zen and an experienced workshop leader and teacher of Zen practices and contemplative prayer to both Christian and non-Christian audiences

Table of Contents

Gerald G. May
Forewordp. VII
An Invitation to Zen Practicep. 1
Practice: Zazen: Counting the Breathp. 5
1 How I Became a Christian Zen Practitionerp. 23
Practice: Walking Meditationp. 45
2 The Buddhist Way of Liberation from Sufferingp. 49
Practice: Noticing Thoughtsp. 73
3 Zen Teachings and Christian Teachingsp. 81
Practice: Zazen: Following the Breathp. 101
4 Enlightenment: Already and Not Yetp. 107
Practice: Practicing with Everythingp. 127
5 Making Zen Practice Part of Your Lifep. 135
Practice: Zazen: Shikantaza, or "Just Sitting"p. 151
One More Thought: If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Badlyp. 159
Recommended Resourcesp. 163
Notesp. 171
Acknowledgmentsp. 181
The Authorp. 185
Indexp. 187