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Zen Gifts to Christians (review)

Zen Gifts to Christians (review) BOOK REV IEWS In traditional Theravada Buddhist cultures, the task of reforming the sangha when the inevitable periods of decline set in fell to the monarchy. The reduced role and power of the monarch in modern Thailand make that an unlikely role today. It is ironic that in modern Thailand it appears that the only outside force with any chance of bringing reformist pressure on the sangha is the public media. Seen in that light, Sanitsuda Ekachai has usurped the kingly prerogative. Terry C. Muck Asbury Theological Seminary ZEN GIFTS TO CHRISTIANS. By Robert Kennedy. New York: Continuum, 2000. 131 pp. Though Robert Kennedy's recent book Zen Gifts to Christians (2000) is intended for Christian readers who may be "temperamentally inclined" (i) to learn about Zen to spiritually augment their lives, it also succeeds as a work that defines the Western Buddhist community and as an introductory text for those interested in Zen Buddhism. Drawing on his experiences as a Catholic priest and Zen master, Kennedy's work contributes much to the ideals expressed in the Second Vatican Council's conciliar decree Nostra Aetate (as well as the Thirty-fourth General Congregation of the Society of Jesus): to preserve and promote http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Zen Gifts to Christians (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 23 (1) – Oct 29, 2003

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BOOK REV IEWS In traditional Theravada Buddhist cultures, the task of reforming the sangha when the inevitable periods of decline set in fell to the monarchy. The reduced role and power of the monarch in modern Thailand make that an unlikely role today. It is ironic that in modern Thailand it appears that the only outside force with any chance of bringing reformist pressure on the sangha is the public media. Seen in that light, Sanitsuda Ekachai has usurped the kingly prerogative. Terry C. Muck Asbury Theological Seminary ZEN GIFTS TO CHRISTIANS. By Robert Kennedy. New York: Continuum, 2000. 131 pp. Though Robert Kennedy's recent book Zen Gifts to Christians (2000) is intended for Christian readers who may be "temperamentally inclined" (i) to learn about Zen to spiritually augment their lives, it also succeeds as a work that defines the Western Buddhist community and as an introductory text for those interested in Zen Buddhism. Drawing on his experiences as a Catholic priest and Zen master, Kennedy's work contributes much to the ideals expressed in the Second Vatican Council's conciliar decree Nostra Aetate (as well as the Thirty-fourth General Congregation of the Society of Jesus): to preserve and promote

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 29, 2003

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