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Zen as a Path of Spiritual Fulfillment

A retreat exploring Zen as a path of spiritual awakening. The emergence of Zen in the Buddhist tradition will be introduced. The differences and similarities between Zen and the contemplative Christian traditions will be clarified. Emphasis will be given to the universal relevance of Zen as a way of becoming a truly awake, compassionate human being.

The topics covered in the conferences include:
  • Who was the Buddha? What is Zen Buddhism?
  • The universal truth of Zen as present in all world religions and in life itself.
  • Zen Meditation: using koans.
  • Zen Meditation: Just sitting.
  • The Heart Sutra.
  • The Diamond Sutra.
  • Eihei Dogen: The Zen way of life.
  • Thomas Merton: The way of Christian Zen.
Suggested Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of The Buddha's Teachings
    The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion
    The Heart of Understanding
Suzuki, Shunryu, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
Aitken, Robert Roshi, The Gateless Barrier
Abe, Maseo, A Study of Dogen: His Philosophy and Religion
Loori, John Daido, The Art of Just Sitting
Merton, Thomas, Zen and the Birds of Appetite
Merton, Thomas, Mystics and Zen Masters

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