The practices of the East meet those of the West in this intriguing book on the relationship between Zen meditation and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Ruben Habito, a Zen Master as well as an expert in Ignatian spirituality, brings these two hallowed paths to enlightenment together in a text designed not only for believers in either tradition, but for seekers and beginners as well.
Both comparing and contrasting Zen traditions of meditation and enlightenment with St. Ignatius' famous Exercises for attaining Divine Love. Habito offers suggestions on how the two traditions share the same goals--and how each might benefit from the other or from their shared practices.
Ruben Habito is a professor of world religions and spirituality and associate dean for academic affairs at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Habito completed his doctoral studies at Tokyo University in 1978, and taught at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is the author of numerous books on Buddhism, including Experiencing Buddhism: Ways of Wisdom and Compassion, Living Zen, Loving God, Healing Breath: Zen Spirituality for a Wounded Earth, and others in both Japanese and English. He was president of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies from 2003 to 2005, and also serves as a spiritual director and Zen master.