The Silent Dialogue: Zen Letters to a Trappist Monk

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Letters from the author to Father Thomas Keating and the monks at St. Joseph's monastery between 1974 and 1976 while Hackett was traveling through Japan and Southeast Asia on a spiritual journey

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David G. Hackett is associate professor of religion at the University of Florida at Gainesville.

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At the time Hackett (religion, Univ. of Florida, Gainsville) wrote the letters that this book comprises, he was a young man, recently converted to Roman Catholicism. He was struggling to reconcile his grounding in Zen practice with his newfound Christian faith and the possibility of a calling to the contemplative life of the Trappist. His correspondence, the bulk of which is from Japan, is with Father Thomas Keating, the abbot of a Trappist monastery in upstate New York. Throughout his letters, Hackett's spiritual trials are expressed in clear and insightful language that brings alive the core issues surrounding the mysterious intersection that occurs between Zen and Catholicism, as well as the areas where the two seem to be irreconcilable. In the few letters of reply from Father Thomas offered here, we see the gentle working of a spiritually experienced guide. A clearly written and important book for anyone interested in Zen and Catholicism and, to a lesser extent, in comparative religion in general.?Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., N.Y.
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