Zen and the Spiritual Exercises

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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.

Book Details

Zen and the Spiritual Exercises
Ruben L. F. Habito
Written in a straightforward style... this volume can serve variously as an insightful reference on comparative Christian/Zen practice or as a handbook for the engaged mystic-to-be.
In this practical reflective guide, designed for seekers and beginners as well as for believers in either tradition, the author a former Jesuit priest, draws upon two streams of his life experience, the many years he spend directing and facilitating the Ignatian spiritual exercises and his deep study and practice of Buddhist spirituality as a Zen Roshi.

This book will be of interest to parish and retreat house libraries; academic collections centering on East-West studies, especially spirituality - both Ignatian and Buddhist - and libraries in seminaries and religious houses of formation.
... the author teaches readers about the art of inter-religious spiritual practice, of how one's own practices can be enriched through dialogue with the texts and practices of another tradition. This is the exciting and rich contribution of Habito's book.
" . . . explores the dynamic interplay between Zen Buddhism and the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. . . In a rapidly growing age of interspiritual dialogue and shared experiences, whether you intend to assign this text for the personal meditation and reflection of contemporary university students - or as a text that methodically introduces them to the personal spiritual paths of Zen and Ignatian Exercises, I foresee that many will find this book to be a welcome and helpful addition to courses dealing with both World Religions and spiritual Growth. I highly recommend it."
". . . a fine comparative religion guide. . . perfect for any spiritual reader and collections catering to them."
". . . shares illuminating and instructive stories, literary and spiritual reflections, and thought-provoking ways on how to update Zen and Ignatian spirituality to meet the needs and desires of a contemporary seeker.
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