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The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work ed. by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller (review)

The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work ed. by... BOOK REVIEWS Kennedy found that Buddhist practice adds luster to daily life and that the Buddhist teaching of impermanence was critical to his spiritual deepening as he came to accept that everything changes and eventually dies. He found a correlation between the teachings of Buddhism and the concept of self-emptying in the Christian tradition. "The words of Jesus that we must `die to our very self'--when we first hear it sounds almost impossible or cruel. It is only later that we realize that it is mercy itself, because the self that we cling to doesn't exist. That is what Zen meditation is all about. Yamada Roshi said me, `I'm not trying to make you a Buddhist. I am trying to empty you in imitation of your Lord Jesus Christ who emptied himself . . .'" Chung pursued the question "Who am I?" in her meditation practice and found that her "don't know mind" ultimately led her to understand the Buddhist concept of emptiness. Emptiness is not what many people think it is, particularly those not familiar with Buddhism. Chung explains, "It is very difficult for young Western students to understand emptiness. They think emptiness is feeling lonely or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work ed. by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 34 (1) – Feb 3, 2014

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BOOK REVIEWS Kennedy found that Buddhist practice adds luster to daily life and that the Buddhist teaching of impermanence was critical to his spiritual deepening as he came to accept that everything changes and eventually dies. He found a correlation between the teachings of Buddhism and the concept of self-emptying in the Christian tradition. "The words of Jesus that we must `die to our very self'--when we first hear it sounds almost impossible or cruel. It is only later that we realize that it is mercy itself, because the self that we cling to doesn't exist. That is what Zen meditation is all about. Yamada Roshi said me, `I'm not trying to make you a Buddhist. I am trying to empty you in imitation of your Lord Jesus Christ who emptied himself . . .'" Chung pursued the question "Who am I?" in her meditation practice and found that her "don't know mind" ultimately led her to understand the Buddhist concept of emptiness. Emptiness is not what many people think it is, particularly those not familiar with Buddhism. Chung explains, "It is very difficult for young Western students to understand emptiness. They think emptiness is feeling lonely or

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 3, 2014

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