Definition of Topic A beginner's guide to Zen Buddhist practice written specifically for Christians. Selling Points -Provides a step-by-step guide to Zen meditation practices, assuming no prior knowledge or experience.
- Shows that Zen practice can be a powerful tool for Christians interested in contemplative or centering prayer, where it is important to quiet the ego and the preoccupations of everyday life in order to tune into their relationship with God.
- Not an attempt to convert Christians to Zen or vice versa but a gentle exploration of how Zen meditation practice can be a powerful way to nurture and expand the capacity to love God and neighbor.
- Offers Christians a fresh hearing of Christianity, so that they can see that the gifts of the Gospel are available to them here and now. Description or Reason for Publishing Recent interest in Buddhism, particularly Zen meditation practice, has been intense and ongoing. But most mainline Christians, though curious about this other tradition, have tended to see Buddhism and Christianity as either/or, believing that they are somehow being disloyal or or even sinful if they explore Buddhist practices. Kim Boykin, who has personally experienced the gifts of Zen Buddhism in her own Christian faith and has taught this subject to many different kinds of groups, offers a non-threatening way for Christians to incorporate Zen practices into their lives. The book does not look to compare the two spiritual paths nor does it look to convert readers but instead gently leads readers to see how the practical and experiential components of Zen are complementary to Christian faith. Unlike other books that teach Buddhist practice, or focus on itsmystical aspects, this one is written specifically for Christians; it starts where they are likely to be. It also incorporates a step-by-step program for ordinary people who want to experience and learn Zen Buddhist meditation practice. Market Description (Primary) People who buy this book may have bought Buddhist writers (such as Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh) or writings by Christian scholars about Buddhism (such as Marcus Borg). There will also be curious folks from mainline denominations who are interested in centering or contemplative prayer who have sensed that there might be something of interest in Buddhism but haven't found any books that help them see what might be there for them. And there may be people who have investigated this subject but haven't found any guides to learning Buddhist practice that are compatible with their sense of themselves as Christians. This book is for all of them.