Compassion and Meditation : The Spiritual Dynamic Between Buddhism and Christianity

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-25
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions
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In Asian spiritual traditions the mountain traditionally symbolizes 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. Emphasizing their complementary nature, Leloup describes how Jesus and Buddha are necessary to one another and how together they form a complete system: Jesus as awakening through love, and Buddha as awakening through meditation. Where Buddha represents the forests, Jesus represents the trees. Buddha is brother to the universe, whereas Jesus is brother to humanity.

Author Biography

Jean-Yves Leloup is a theologian, French Orthodox priest, Coptic translator, and founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books in English include the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Philip, Judas and Jesus, and The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary. He lives in France.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Way of Meditation
Zen and Hesychasmp. 10
Transmission The Samaritan Womanp. 12
The Practice of Hesychast Meditationp. 21
Posture Orientation Breathing Invocation Centered in the Heartp. 21
The Way of Compassion
What is a Bodhisattva?p. 39
The Dhammapada and The Gospelsp. 41
The Vow of Compassionp. 43
The Practice of Compassionp. 45
Impurities of the Mindp. 50
The Five Motivationsp. 58
The "Desire for the God-Realms"
The Desire for Awakening
"Disinterested" Desire
Sharingp. 58
The Four Considerations Taught by the Buddhap. 63
The Same Family
A Community of Destiny
Buddha-Naturep. 63
The Three Attitudes: The King, The Ferryman, the Shepherdp. 77
The Six Perfections, or the Six Paramitasp. 81
Givingp. 90
The Gift of Material Things
The Gift of Protection
The Gift of Love
The Gift of Loving-Kindness
The Gift of Truthp. 90
Disciplinep. 98
Three Negative Actions of The Bodyp. 99
Taking What Is Not Ours (Theft)
Misuse of Sexualityp. 99
Three Positive Actions of the Bodyp. 104
Good Use of Sexuality (Chastity)p. 104
Four Negative Actions of Speechp. 111
Ill Will
Chatterp. 111
Four Positive Actions of Speechp. 116
Speaking Honestly
Speaking for the Good
Maintaining a Space of Listening
Clearly and Conciselyp. 116
Three Negative Actions of the Mindp. 120
Fixating on Conceptsp. 120
Three Positive Actions of the Mindp. 123
Flexibility of Mindp. 123
Patiencep. 128
Energyp. 130
Meditationp. 132
Wisdomp. 146
Epilogue-Between Us: Nothingp. 158
Notesp. 160
Indexp. 161
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