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Zen and the Gospel of Thomas

Author: Joanne P Miller
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, 2018.
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"Zen and the Gospel of Thomas illuminates sacred, mysterious wisdom from two traditions, revealing how these profound teachings apply to our everyday life and spiritual practice. Imagine that the Buddha asked Jesus to write a text for a Zen audience that would explain his take on the mysteries of his Kingdom. Imagine also that Jesus chose to present it in a set of short koanlike sayings similar to the classic koan  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Miller, Joanne P.
Zen and the Gospel of Thomas.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, 2018
(DLC) 2017037688
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joanne P Miller
ISBN: 9781614293811 1614293813
OCLC Number: 1019843721
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Contents; Preface; 1. Prologue: The Secrets of Mystery; 2. The Deathless; 3. Qualities of Enlightened People; 4. The Mustard Seed and the Oak Tree; 5. Reliance; 6. The Form of Purity; 7. Listen and See!; 8. Seeking and Finding; 9. Know Yourself; 10. Seen and Unseen; 11. Integration; 12. The Treasure Chamber; 13. Our Time Is Now; 14. Dependent Origination; 15. The Fire of Wisdom; 16. The Philosophers and Zen Sickness; 17. The Donkey and the Well; 18. Drunk and Blind; 19. The Stones Speak Wisdom; 20. Resting in the Essential; 21. The Single One 22. The Territory of the Separate Self23. Be Ready before the Robbers Come; 24. Two into One; 25. Don't Draw Another's Bow; 26. Love and Judgment; 27. Child of a Good Family; 28. Movement and Repose; 29. Let Your Light Shine; 30. Stinginess; 31. Bodies; 32. The Astringent Persimmon; 33. True Riches and Poverty; 34. Suffering; 35. Nonattachment; 36. Kensho; 37. The Koan of Not-worthy; Bibliography; Index; About the Author; Copyright
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"Zen and the Gospel of Thomas illuminates sacred, mysterious wisdom from two traditions, revealing how these profound teachings apply to our everyday life and spiritual practice. Imagine that the Buddha asked Jesus to write a text for a Zen audience that would explain his take on the mysteries of his Kingdom. Imagine also that Jesus chose to present it in a set of short koanlike sayings similar to the classic koan collections of the Zen tradition. This is, in essence, the gnostic Gospel of Thomas. A Zen reading of Thomas allows us to access the living Jesus through Buddhist eyes so we can add to and refine our own practice with his wisdom. Likewise, Thomas can be a gateway for Christians to make use of Zen. Like the Buddha, this Jesus of Thomas wishes us to realize, individually and personally, the truth of the eternal. He offers teachings for the whole of our lives, dealing with such topics as: the proper use of money; how to foster wisdom and insight; the nature of awakening and non-attachment; love and judgment; how to rest in the essential; and the nature of what it means to be an enlightened person. Like koans, the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas ask each of us to discover the same secrets of mystery that Jesus himself discovered and to live out that knowledge in our own unique way"--

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