“This candid and beautifully written book on the meeting of East and West offers wise and significant insights into the life of the spirit. Dom Aelred Graham, a Benedictine monk, educator, and writer, has reflected here upon Zen Buddhism and Catholicism—usually considered divergent in their rituals and their philosophies—and found many points of contact between them. Although he eloquently warns against the weaknesses of Zen, Dom Graham urges Westerners in general, and Catholics in particular, to draw from its strengths, suggesting that the harmony Zen points to at the heart of religion could bring the West freedom from unnecessary anxiety and a new awareness of the peace of God.” (back copy)
This book was granted its nihil obstat and imprimatur by the Archbishop pf New York in 1963 giving its publication the express approval of the Catholic Church. All catholic dogma expressed therein can thus be held as accurate for the time in which it was written.
- Title: Zen Catholicism: An inquiry into the religious encounter of East and West, with the suggestion that the two may meet at the spirit’s center
- Author: Dom Aelred Graham
- Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.
- Place: New York
- Year: 1963
- Length: 228pp
- Dimensions: 25” x 8” x 0.75”
- Condition: The bright, Kelly green soft paper cover is in good condition and largely unfaded. It is noticeably worn about the edges and on the hinges. A library sticker is affixed to the spine. The pages are clean—no folds, tears, or extraneous marks. No pages are missing.