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Winner of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies’ Frederick J. Streng Book of the Year Award, 2004

BESIDE STILL WATERS

Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha

Harold Kasimow John Keenan Linda Klepinger Keenan

A compelling question for people of faith today is how to remain committed to one’s own religious tradition while being open to the beauty and truth of other religions. For example, some fear that Buddhism is a threat to Western faith traditions and express grave doubts about interreligious and cross-cultural encounters. Yet, many who have actually broadened their experience profess to have developed a deeper understanding of and a deeper commitment to their tradition of origin.

This is what makes Beside Still Waters: Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha such a new and meaningful contribution. Rather than offering research or lectures, Beside Still Waters takes a deeply personal approach, allowing the reader to delve into the individual experiences of fourteen Jews and Christians whose encounters with Buddhism have truly impacted their sense of religious identity.

As Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography, says in the book’s foreword, “The Buddhist presence in the religious world is far larger than a head-count of Buddhists can reveal.” Beside Still Waters upholds this point by way of the diverse and eloquent authors who lend their perspective in its pages; these include Sylvia Boorstein, John B. Cobb, Norman Fischer, Ruben Habito, and other important members of the Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and scholarly communities. Their collected anecdotes and interviews amount to an unprecedented and enduring work, sure to deepen our ability to understand each other, and therefore, ourselves.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $14.95
  • ISBN 9780861713363
  • ebook
  • 288 pages
  • $9.99
  • ISBN 9780861719037
about the author
Beside Still Waters

Harold Kasimov is the George Drake Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. He has lived in Thailand and Japan and has been involved in Jewish-Buddhist dialogue since the 1960s. His most recent books are No Religion Is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue, both coedited with Byron Sherwin.

Beside Still Waters

John P. Keenan is professor of Religion at Middlebury College and vicar of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Scarborough, Maine. He has published translations and studies in Yogacara Buddhism, and has employed Mahayana Buddhist philosophy in works including The Meaning of Christ: A Mahayana Theology and The Letter of James: Everyday Practice for Everyday Christians.

Beside Still Waters

Linda K. Keenan has lived in Japan for several years and taught Japanese language and literature at Middlebury College. She translated Buddhologist Minoru Kiyota’s autobiography, Beyond Loyalty: The Story of a Kibei, and contributed “En the Ascetic” to Religions of Japan in Practice.

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