Book Reviews

Zen Contemplation: A Bridge of Living Water

For those who don’t know her already, let me briefly introduce Sister Elaine MacInnes to you.  She was born in Canada in 1924 and after her school studies which included the Juilliard School of Music she entered Our Lady’s Missionaries in 1953.   She was sent on an assignment to Japan in 1961 where she became interested in Zen Buddhism and… Read more →

Merton’s Palace of Nowhere

The late Dom Aelred Graham, a monk of Downside Abbey back in the middle of the twentieth century wrote that in the future people will leave the church; not because they have forsaken spirituality but for the sake of spirituality. There seems to be much evidence today on the accuracy of this prophecy. For instance the number of Roman Catholics… Read more →

Jewish Dharma: a guide to the practice of Judaism and Zen

Brenda Shoshanna was raised in an orthodox Jewish family in New York and is currently a practising psychologist with over 25 year’s experience. Over the years her studies and practice have lead her to an integration of her Judaism with a practice of Zen. She still lives in New York City. Her book was something of an eye-opener for me,… Read more →

Etty Hillesum: A life Transformed

On March 9, 1941 a 27 year old Dutch Jewish student living in Amsterdam began her diary which was kept right up to her death in Auschwitz in 1943.  The diary is published with her letters as Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941 -1943 by Eerdmans Publishing.   It is a remarkable book and in itself it certainly… Read more →