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Eastern Light

Awakening to Presence in Zen, Quakerism, and Christianity

This spiritual autobiography integrates perspectives of early Quakers, Zen Buddhists, and contemporary Christian thinkers. Smith draws from these sources as he tells a personal tale of his Quaker childhood, his years of spiritual crisis, and his ultimate return to Quakerism by way of Zen Buddhism. Along the way, Smith explores and explains the Quaker peace testimony and liberal Quaker views of gender, power, education, and care for the natural world.

“To discover what one already knows is the most intimate form of knowledge”, writes author Steve Smith, as he invites the reader to observe his path through myriad secular and religious explorations.