Father Tim's/Roshi Ryuko's new book "Christ Way, Buddha Way" is now available:
“In this brave and beautifully written book, Tim Langdell reveals the profound connections between the vision and practice of the Buddha and Jesus. Buddhists and Christians will be immeasurably helped by this work and so will seekers on all paths who value teachings that stress non-dual union with the real. This is both an impressive contribution and a moving personal testimony to a rigorous spiritualpath and I salute and recommend it unhesitatingly.” —ANDREW HARVEY, author of Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ and Journey in Ladakh
“Written in the spirit of Thomas Merton’s Mystics and Zen Masters and Zen and the Birds of Appetite, this book brings out into the open the rich affinities between Buddhism and Contemplative Christianity.” —JAMES FINLEY, author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere and Jesus and Buddha: paths to awakening (Audio recording with Richard Rohr)“
Christ Way, Buddha Way gives us a Buddhist reading of Christianity and a Christian reading of Zen Buddhism. He shares his journey of encounter and synthesis and outlines a path between that we can all walk. I recommend it.”—JAMES ISHMAEL FORD, author of Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons
RE-VIEWING Christ’s teachings and the gospels again as if for the first time, Jesus emerges as a profound wisdom teacher, whose teachings had a lot in common with those of Buddha. This book explores Christ’s teachings on non-duality and his guidance on how to reach unity, oneness with God, through what he called metanoia--going beyond (meta) thought (noia)--through kenosis (self-emptying). What emerges is a strong connection between Christ’s teachings and Buddhism that reveals Jesus was clearly familiar with Buddhist teachings. By viewing Christ’s teachings through the lens of Zen, common themes emerge that enable the author to recreate what Christ called “The Way.” What emerges is a whole new view of Christianity for the 21st Century: Christ as wisdom teacher, Christ as a teacher of non-dual awareness, and as a guide to living fully in the present moment.
Other books by Tim Langdell:
Some quotes in praise of "Beginner's Mind"
“So many books on Zen today merely regurgitate dead words from the realm of intellectual thinking, and/or perpetuate misunderstandings of what the practice of Zen is all about. Tim Langdell presents a broad and lucid overview of the history and modern practice of Zen from his decades of practice and insight. He clears up, as best one can in words, the practical aspects of Zen, while conveying the mysterious yet simple truth of how to walk the path to being present in this moment. I highly recommend it!” —DR. RICHARD GEUNGSAN SEARS author of Mindfulness: Living through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in This Moment, and Guiding Teacher, Five Mountain Zen Order
“This book would be an excellent choice for someone who is very new to Zen or has perhaps found Zen to be either too confusing or too challenging. It would also be a good choice for readers who may have a romanticized idea of Zen, since it gives a realistic view of what practicing Zen is actually like in contemporary Western sanghas (groups).” —SENSEI GYOKEI YOKOYAMA Abbot, Sozenji Buddhist Temple and Long Beach Buddhist Church
"A straight-forward and welcoming introduction to Zen practices, Tim Langdell's approach will appeal to anyone who is newly curious about this form of Buddhism." —SUSAN SUNTREE author of Wisdom of East: Stories of Compassion, Inspiration, and Love and Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California
All books available in Paperback, Print Replica Kindle & Regular Kindle
Contact Father Tim (Roshi Ryuko)
(About the ChristBuddha cross/enso logo: the five colors represent the five Buddhist 'skandhas' or 'aggregates' and are
feelings (yellow), forms (blue), perceptions (red), formations (green) and consciousness (white). The colors are also
intended to invoke a Christian stain glass window)