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Who Can Stop The Wind? : Travels in the Borderland Between East and West - Notto R. Thelle

Who Can Stop The Wind?

Travels in the Borderland Between East and West

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Buddhism and Christianity, two religions with distinct worldviews, are sometimes thought to be irreconcilable. Notto R. Thelle holds a different view. His life and work have been divided between the East and the West, which has given him the privilege of having to live "on the boundary," in a continual inner dialogue between his basic Christian commitment and the challenges and inspirations from the East. In Who Can Stop the Wind? he shares the thoughts and experiences generated by these encounters. With him, we come to realize that the border zone is not just "out there"; it also exists in our minds. By asking questions that engage both the Eastern and Western religious traditions, Thelle urges us to seek a larger faith.

"In today's global village, where religions can no longer live in 'innocent' and 'safe' ignorance of one another, thoughtful Christians are trying to understand other faiths as never before in our history. Most of us, alas, have too little opportunity for profound exposure to these others. But there are those who can help us—because they have left the familiar homeland of the once-Christian West and lived in the 'borderland' between Christianity and another sincere faith. Among the latter, Notto Thelle seems to me an extraordinarily insightful guide and pioneer. His very readable book is not a theoretical study of the relation between Buddhism and Christianity, but a lived experience and dialogue. It should be required reading for students of theology—and indeed for all serious Christians."

In today's global village, where religions can no longer live in `innocent' and `safe' ignorance of one another, thoughtful Christians are trying to understand other faiths as never before in our history. Most of us, alas, have too little opportunity for profound exposure to these others. But some there are who can help us-because they have left the familiar homeland of the once-Christian West and lived in the `borderland' between Christianity and another sincere faith. Among the latter, Notto Thelle seems to me an extraordinarily insightful guide and pioneer. His very readable book is not a theoretical study of the relation between Buddhism and Christianity, but a lived experience and dialogue. It should be required reading for students of theology-and indeed for all serious Christians. Douglas John Hall, CM, ThD

Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology

McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Notto Thelle's Who Can Stop the Wind? is a Christian's theological engagement with the truth and power of religious pluralism. He dialogically engages with this pluralism, mostly in Japanese Zen Buddhist forms, that both affirms the depth of non-Christian Ways as he 'passes beyond dialogue' to a renewed understanding and appreciation of the depth of the Christian Way. In the process, he becomes a model for the possibilities of creative transformation in a religious world that is true to the deepest insights and experiences of Christian faith as well as non-Christian faith and experience. Paul O. Ingram


Professor Emeritus


Pacific Lutheran University

Faith in the Border Zonep. vii
Setting Out on the Journeyp. 2
Who Can Stop the Wind?p. 4
Faith's Companionp. 6
Faith as Fate and as Choicep. 7
The Death and Resurrection of Our Wordsp. 10
Adversaries-and Alliesp. 18
En Routep. 20
Where Do You Stay?p. 23
The Human Person in the Cosmosp. 24
Buddha's Path-Between Otherworldliness and Presencep. 31
Zen Meditation and the Sacrament of Simple Thingsp. 36
ô…An Open Space in Each Person's Lifeöp. 44
The Priest's ôGift to His Brideöp. 47
The Wide Perspectivep. 49
ôThe Flower Opens in the Sheer Dropöp. 52
ôMelt, My Heart! Weep, My Eye! öp. 56
Hallesby and Zenp. 61
Diamond and Lotusp. 63
ô…Until the Morning Star Rises in Your Heartsöp. 65
It Is Dark at the Foot of the Candlestickp. 67
Reactions to a Messagep. 70
What a Friend We Have in Jesus…p. 72
Mission and Rootsp. 80
Disciples and Hangers-onp. 83
The Sparkp. 84
Fidelityp. 86
ôI Want to Be a Japaneseöp. 88
A Larger Patternp. 90
The Outward Path and the Homeward Path-Toward a Greater Faithp. 92
A Modern Pilgrimp. 94
When the Borders Become Too Narrowp. 96
Theological Addressesp. 98
Toward a Larger Faithp. 100
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780814633298
ISBN-10: 0814633293
Series: Monastic Interreligi
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.7  x 0.76
Weight (kg): 0.14