Be Still and Know

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What has Jerusalem to do with the Bodhi Tree? This study of the relationship between the Christian Bible and Zen Buddhism is informed by the insights of an author who has vast experience with both. Ruben Habito, a Zen roshi as well as a Catholic spiritual director, uses his insights from years of talks at Zen retreats to inform this spiritual gem, focusing on the ways the practices of Zen can enrich Christianity, and vice versa. A treasure for all seekers, Christian and otherwise. 

Ruben L.F. Habito, guiding teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas, teaches at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Experiencing Buddhism: Ways of Wisdom and Compassion (Orbis, 2005), Living Zen, Loving God (Wisdom Publications, 1995), Zen and the Spiritual Exercises (Orbis, 2013), and many other volumes in English and Japanese.

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Be Still and Know
Zen and the Bible
Ruben L.F. Habito
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This book will awaken the reader to a renewed awareness of the goodness and truth in other religious cultures and traditions. In our quest for union and oneness we need not be the same.
Helps readers consider the ways that Zen practice and the principles that lie behind it can enrich our understanding of these passages and our own Christian spirituality.
"What the reader will take away is a deeper appreciation for the divine Truth and Presence that grounds every legitimate religious tradition."
"Be Still and Know possesses a keen assessment of the reader’s North Atlantic culture and its need for spiritual practices that both ameliorate suffering and reorient persons toward core possibilities for flourishing and peace. All of this comes with H.’s characteristic economy of expression, clarity, and warmth."
This volume would be well used in a world religion class or one on religious pluralism. The vocabulary (along with the author’s clear
explanations) is accessible and he illustrates many abstract concepts
with engaging, often moving, stories.
“Ruben Habito was challenged by his own Zen teacher, Yamada Koun Roshi, to ‘learn to use language that your Christian audience may readily understand.’ In Be Still and Know, he has met that challenge beautifully; and we, his readers, whether Zen practitioners, Christians, or both, can be grateful for the treasures he has opened for us.”
“This treasure plumbs the depths where Zen and the Bible meet, in the silence of pure love. Habito has crafted a new spiritual classic that will nurture the inner life for posterity.”
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