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Journey into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung, and the Quest for Transformation (review)

Journey into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung, and the Quest for Transformation (review) 4_133-201 9/3/03 7:31 AM Page 167 BOOK R EV I EWS 167 indicates that the sources of the crisis facing traditional Christian metaphysics are deeper or otherwise than Arraj suggests. Zen might indeed offer some practical insights for the life of contemplation. But it is only from a philosophy deeply engaged with the particularities of Christian faith that a genuine dialogue with other religious traditions may emerge. Catherine Cornille Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and College of the Holy Cross JOURNEY INTO EMPTINESS: DOGEN, MERTON, JUNG, AND THE QUEST FOR TRANSFORMATION. By Robert Jingen Gunn. New York: Paulist Press, 2000. xiv + 334 pp. Written by a New York psychotherapist who also has Zen training, the thesis of this book is that the experience of emptiness is a necessary precondition to spiritual trans- formation. “Emptiness” is defined as “an experience of being without, of not having, not having answers, not having property, not having love or power or hope” (1). “Transformation” is described as a path that leads to the realization of our rootedness in a transcendent dimension. Three paths of transformation are discussed through three case studies: Buddhism in the experience of Dogen; Christianity through the life of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Journey into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung, and the Quest for Transformation (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 23 – Oct 29, 2003

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4_133-201 9/3/03 7:31 AM Page 167 BOOK R EV I EWS 167 indicates that the sources of the crisis facing traditional Christian metaphysics are deeper or otherwise than Arraj suggests. Zen might indeed offer some practical insights for the life of contemplation. But it is only from a philosophy deeply engaged with the particularities of Christian faith that a genuine dialogue with other religious traditions may emerge. Catherine Cornille Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and College of the Holy Cross JOURNEY INTO EMPTINESS: DOGEN, MERTON, JUNG, AND THE QUEST FOR TRANSFORMATION. By Robert Jingen Gunn. New York: Paulist Press, 2000. xiv + 334 pp. Written by a New York psychotherapist who also has Zen training, the thesis of this book is that the experience of emptiness is a necessary precondition to spiritual trans- formation. “Emptiness” is defined as “an experience of being without, of not having, not having answers, not having property, not having love or power or hope” (1). “Transformation” is described as a path that leads to the realization of our rootedness in a transcendent dimension. Three paths of transformation are discussed through three case studies: Buddhism in the experience of Dogen; Christianity through the life of

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 29, 2003

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