My Christian Journey with Zen

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9781503226784: My Christian Journey with Zen
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In this spiritual memoir chronicling the journey of a man who became both an ordained Zen meditation teacher and an ordained priest in the Lutheran Church of Sweden, Gustav Ericsson shares reflections and glimpses into the story of how he learned to stop and sit down, be still and listen. Artfully crafted around a travel journal from a deeply reflective trip to Japan, My Christian Journey with Zen is an expression of the author's spiritual path, focusing on how his meditation practice has grown in both his life and in his service as a parish priest and hospital chaplain.

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Ericsson holds a bachelor of theology degree from Umeå University and a master’s degree in peace studies from the University of Bradford, in England. He studied under Zen Master Gudo Nishijima in Japan and was a doctoral student at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University for several years. He lives with his family in Umeå, in northern Sweden.


The traditions of Christianity and Zen may seem less than compatible, but Lutheran priest and ordained Zen meditation teacher Ericsson sees many parallels. Aptly described by Ericsson as a "patchwork of reflections," this slim volume offers glimpses of his spiritual journey from Sweden to Japan and back. The patchwork approach - diary entries, Bible passages, and Zen poems in every chapter - seems most appropriate in the context of Zen's call to mindfulness; Ericsson shows how each moment exists on its own, while still being connected to all others. -Publishers Weekly

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