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Compassion and meditation : the spiritual dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity

Author: Jean-Yves Leloup
Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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In Asian spiritual traditions the mountain traditionally symbolises meditation while the ocean signifies compassion. Jean-Yves Leloup uses this metaphor to compare Buddhist and Christian approaches to meditation and compassion to reveal the similarities and divergences of these profound practices.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Yves Leloup
ISBN: 9781594772771 1594772770
OCLC Number: 264023258
Description: 165 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The way of meditation. Zen and Hesychasm --
Transmission : the Samaritan woman --
The practice of Hesychast meditation : posture, orientation, breathing, invocation, centered in the heart --
pt. 2. The way of compassion. What is a bodhisattva? --
The Dhammapada and the Gospels --
The vow of compassion --
The practice of compassion --
Impurities of the mind --
The five motivations : the "desire for the god-realms," the desire for awakening, "disinterested" desire, gratuity, sharing --
The four considerations taught by the Buddha : the same family, a community of destiny, impermanence, Buddha-nature --
The three attitudes : the king, the ferryman, the shepherd --
The six perfections, or the six paramitas --
Giving : the gift of material things, the gift of protection, the gift of love, the gift of loving-kindness, the gift of truth --
Discipline --
Three negative actions of the body : killing, taking what is not ours (theft), misuse of sexuality --
Three positive actions of the body : protection, giving, good use of sexuality (chastity) --
Four negative actions of speech : lying, ill will, insult, chatter --
Four positive actions of speech : speaking honestly, speaking for the good, maintaining a space of listening, speaking clearly and concisely --
Three negative actions of the mind : possessiveness, antagonism, fixating on concepts --
Three positive actions of the mind : satisfaction, goodwill, flexibility of mind --
Patience --
Energy --
Meditation --
Wisdom --
Epilogue: Between us : nothing.
Other Titles: Montagne dans l'océan.
Responsibility: Jean-Yves Leloup ; translated by Joseph Rowe.

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In Asian spiritual traditions the mountain traditionally symbolises meditation while the ocean signifies compassion. Jean-Yves Leloup uses this metaphor to compare Buddhist and Christian approaches to meditation and compassion to reveal the similarities and divergences of these profound practices.

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