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eBook Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World ePub

by Ruben L. F. Habito

  • ISBN: 086171508X
  • Category: Buddhism
  • Subcategory: Spirituality
  • Author: Ruben L. F. Habito
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1 edition (September 22, 2006)
  • Pages: 176
  • ePub book: 1645 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1979 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 752

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From a Buddhist point of view, there is nothing to attain; for a Christian, beholding God can happen right now rather than only in the afterlife

Ruben Habito is one of the most interesting and compelling spiritual guides for our times. He brings wisdom and humility in equal parts to the project of awakening. From a Buddhist point of view, there is nothing to attain; for a Christian, beholding God can happen right now rather than only in the afterlife. For both, the interconnectedness of all beings becomes apparent, and a statement like 'God is love' can express a moment of enlightenment.

A book "Zen and Christianity in a Wounded World" would be more applicable to persons from both traditions, but one cannot fault an author for the delimitation he or she clearly informs a reader of. My reading is the author took on a huge task in a brief space, and the book is introductory only, likely enough to whet the appetite for a more thorough looking-into this matter through other written sources and personal reflection.

Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World. Healing our wounded Earth is not unrelated to healing our own personal wounds

Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World. by Ruben L. F. Habito. Healing our wounded Earth is not unrelated to healing our own personal wounds. The pains of the Earth and those of the individuals making up our Earth community cannot be separated. Thus the healing of our individual lives can become the basis of the healing of Earth. This book sheds light on Zen as a spiritual path that leads to healing - in the personal, social, and ecological dimensions of our being.

Ruben L F Habito was for many years a Jesuit priest serving in Japan

Ruben L F Habito was for many years a Jesuit priest serving in Japan. He studied with both Father Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle, a spiritual pioneer in inter-religious dialog and with Koun Yamada, a renowned Zen teacher. The overarching thesis of Healing Breath is that the Zen practice of being still, listening to the breath, and calming the mind all conduce to an experience of the interconnectedness of all life, to seeing things are they really are. The healing begins with a (radical) change in how we see the world, a shift not of strategy but of cosmology.

Healing our wounded Earth is not unrelated to healing our own personal wounds. This book is a moving, inspiring and challanging discussion of Zen Buddhism and its value as a pathway for modern man (us, right now) to realize our (to put it mildly) interconnectedness with the universe. The universe which, in this neck of the woods, is our very own wounded, polluted, broken, plundered, ravaged and despoiled planet. This theme is also reflected at times in Christian terms. This book sheds light on Zen as a spiritual path that leads to healing-in the personal, social, and ecological dimensions of our being. If you are seeking a form of spiritual practice that addresses all three of these dimensions or simply seeking to deepen your understanding of the Zen path, it is written for you.

Habito, Ruben L. (2006). Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World. Habito, Ruben L. Keishin Inaba (2006). The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (1995). Living Zen, Loving God. Wisdom Publications. (2005). Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States. Ruben Habito Interview.

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Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World. A former Jesuit priest, Ruben . Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and resident teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. A dharma heir of Yamada Koun, he is also the author of Healing Breath and other works in Japanese and English. Publisher: Wisdom Publications (September 22, 2006).

Healing our wounded Earth is not unrelated to healing our own personal wounds. The pains of the Earth and those of the individuals making up our Earth community cannot be separated. Thus the healing of our individual lives can become the basis of the healing of Earth. This book sheds light on Zen as a spiritual path that leads to healing - in the personal, social, and ecological dimensions of our being. If you are seeking a form of spiritual practice that addresses all three of these dimensions or simply seeking to deepen your understanding of the Zen path, it is written for you. If instead of fragmentation, disorientation, and vacuity, you seek wholeness, groundedness, and integrity in your life, it is written for you. Perhaps you, too, have come to realize that our global community is in a sad state of affairs, that we need to radically change how we live and relate to one another and to the Earth. You may already be engaged in some form of social or ecological action addressing these issues-and you may feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. If you've been tempted to pessimism or have thrown up your hands in despair when your best efforts don't seem to make a dent, this book is for you, Healing Breath offers a way to integrate a spiritual path with active, socio-ecological engagement as the ground. This book also addresses another set of questions: can a Christian genuinely practice Zen? How is Zen practice compatible with a Christian faith commitment? To fully engage in a Zen practice, what kind of belief system is presupposed or required? How can spiritual practice in an Eastern tradition inform Christian life and understanding? In the process of describing the Zen way of life, Healing Breath will consider various Christian expressions, symbols, and practices - not as an apologetic for that belief system, but to show how they, too, point to the transformative and healing perspectives and experiences provided by Zen.

Comments

Tejar Tejar
This is an excellent book for people who are exploring zen,yet want to maintain their own faith tradition. Habito practices as a result of studying both Christianity and Zen so is well qualified to speak from personal experience and knowledge about both. A good read.
Sorryyy Sorryyy
I could never explain why I felt that the two where one in the same. My Christian friends felt threatened, my Buddhist acquaintances seemed to think me quaint. Healing Breath did just that, breathing life into an idea that I carried within me that the message is the same. That the thread of each belief could suture the wounds that divided idea can create.
Peras Peras
I was fortunite enough to have Ruben as an instructor for a recent class on Buddhist traditions. I was very impressed with his book and his personal insights on Buddhism in the western world. A person need not be either a Buddhist or Christian to gain some deep spiritual insights from this book. His wording is well defined so that even a novice can understand both the ancient and mordern meanings of these teachings.
salivan salivan
A very personal and helpful guide to what it means to discover Zen when you are a Christian, and how to reconcile the two and find peace with practicing both traditions.
Dianalmeena Dianalmeena
This a wonderful book that bring Zen practice to Christians in a way that can heal our world..
Qutalan Qutalan
Inspiring and wise.