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The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd
Finding Christ on the Buddha's Path
POD; Published: 9/15/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6758-2
Price: $ 18.99
126 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.25 x 8
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A thoughtful, fascinating take on spiritual truth

In the twelfth century, the Chinese Zen master Kakuan Shien produced the pictures, poems, and commentaries we know as the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures. They trace a universally recognizable path of contemplative spirituality, using the metaphor of a young ox-herder looking for his lost ox.

According to Addison Hodges Hart, the Ten Ox- Herding Pictures and the teachings of Christ, the Good Shepherd who guides us to God, share a common vision. Both show us that authentic spiritual life must begin with an inner transformation of one's self, leading to an outward life that is natural and loving. In The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd Hart shares the story that these pictures tell, exploring how this ancient Buddhist parable can enrich and illumine the Christian way.

Includes 10 color illustrations

Read an excerpt of the book on EerdWord.
Jim Forest
-- author of Praying with Icons
"Various forms of Buddhism, not least Zen Buddhism, have played a part in the spiritual journey of many Christians, including Addison Hart. The ten ancient ox-herder drawings by the Chinese Zen master Kakuan Shien have helped Hart embrace core themes in the gospel and lightened his pilgrim's backpack. . . . The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd is a refreshing introduction to what one might call Zen Christianity."
Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
-- Center for Action and Contemplation
"I probably write two blurbs a week for various books, but many times merely skim the book and try to say something good, honest, and real about it. This book I read in its entirety in one sitting -- because it is indeed very good, very honest, and very real. I vainly wished I had written it myself, but Addison is the authentic ox-herder that you need -- and will remember."
Publishers Weekly
"The goal to find Christ on the Buddhist path is without pretension and is a respectful, honest endeavor to discover an underlying commonality in disparate religious systems. For the Christian who is not well-acquainted with the Zen Buddhist tradition, Hart's book serves as an introduction to the Eastern religion/spirituality; it can also be a primer for how to approach non-Christian faiths from a compassionate and sympathetic point of view."
Library Journal (STARRED review)
"Most highly recommended for all seekers no matter their preferred path."
Spirit & Life
"Hart is able to use the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures to outline a practical and effective Christian ascetical and spiritual path. One could easily use this little book as a teaching tool or to direct a retreat."
Booklist (American Library Association)
"An exceedingly graceful work of the comparative-religious spirit."
Catholic Library World
"Searching for wisdom and truth in another religion can be an uneasy enterprise. Hart approaches it with an engaging humility, simplicity, and sensibility."
Theological Studies
"This little book is an engaging, rewarding example of comparative spirituality. It seeks to clarify and deepen one form of spiritual practice through conversation with another. . . . For both prayerful reflection and classroom discussion, this book will serve well."
Foreword Reviews
"While this small book can be read in one sitting, it welcomes, and merits, a more leisurely and contemplative approach. Gentle, wise, and respectful, Addison's book illuminates the way of the bodhisattva — or enlightened disciple — showing it to be a shared path that leads to mercy, healing, forgiveness, and abundant life."
Reviews in Religion and Theology
"This little book is a very interesting addition to the growing literature on Comparative and Interreligious Theology, especially in the area of Buddhists and Christian encounters, which will no doubt be used by many as a devotional book to help their own exploration, while also a welcome object of study for those with a more academic interest in the area."
"The series of pictures, poems, and commentaries, produced in the twelfth century and known as the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures, trace a universally recognizable path of contemplative spirituality. . . . With this book, Hart shares the story that these pictures tell, exploring how this ancient Buddhist parable can enrich and illumine the Christian way."