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The Silent Dialogue : Zen Letters to a…

The Silent Dialogue : Zen Letters to a Trappist Monk (1996)

by David G. Hackett

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In August 1974, following conversion to the Catholic faith while living in a Trappist monastery, David Hackett set out on a two-year journey to Japan and Southeast Asia. Hackett had become a Catholic through Zen meditation and an understanding of Catholicism acquired by the patient guidance of a Trappist monk. Yet baptism marked the beginning of a new inquiry. What was the relationship between Buddhism and Catholicism? And how could Zen meditation best be employed to deepen Christian faith?

Asking these questions, Hackett began a journey which led to meetings and meditations with Catholic priests and Zen masters sympathetic to Catholicism. The letters which he sent to Father Thomas Keating -- one of the founders of the Contemplative Prayer movement -- chronicle Hackett's changing experience with Zen meditation and Christianity.

Beautifully written and glittering with insight, The Silent Dialogue explores the value -- and the pitfalls -- of borrowing from different religions in the practice of contemplation. The Silent Dialogue is also the story of a young man on a spiritual quest that speaks to the "seeker" in all of us.

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