Books by Br. David Steindl-Rast can be found at this website inspired by his Spiritual Practice.




Deeper than Words: Living the Apostles' Creed

“I have always felt that in endorsing a book I was honoring the book and its author. Brother David’s Deeper Than Words, however, brought a new and startling sensation: I found myself sensing that the book was honoring me by allowing me to endorse it. Never before have I felt this way about a book… This book belongs on every pastor’s desk, and on the nightstand beside the bed of every Christian who is trying to deepen his or her spiritual life.” – Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

Brother David with foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Random House; released: June 15, 2010

Common Sense Spirituality
Each meditation in this volume reflects what Br. David calls “the spiritual work of our time” — cultivating grateful living, the key to joy. The selections explore the broad range of issues that have been at the core of a lifetime of meditation and teaching.

Brother David Steindl-Rast, foreword by
Sr. Joan Chittister
The Crossroad Publishing Company



Words of Common Sense
for Mind, Body, and Soul

The proverbs of the world connect us with other cultures and religions, show us how much we humans have in common, and delight at the same time by their great variety. Inspiring and optimistic, Words of Common Sense finds meaning in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life. This book contains a new interpretation of Jesus' parables that speaks to every heart and is universally valid. Common Sense is the common ground we so urgently need today.

Brother David Steindl-Rast, foreword by Thomas Moore
Templeton Foundation 

A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness
Ever since I added the two new chapters, "Sensuous Asceticism" and "Sacred Sensuousness," to A Listening Heart, this has become for me a favorite among my own books. - Br. David


Brother David with foreword by Matthew Fox
Crossroad/Herder; Revised Edition; 1999

Music of Silence: A Sacred Journey through the Hours of the Day
Friends tell me that Music of Silence is my most readable book; for this I am grateful to Sharon Lebell, as I am grateful to Kathleen Norris for her Introduction. Kathleen (the author of Cloister Walk) has done so much to make the rich heritage of monastic tradition available to people outside the monastic enclosure. In a small way, my book tries to do the same. Please visit the companion feature on this website called the Meet the Angel of the Hour which presents the chants for the Hours as performed by a group of monks from the Mount Saviour Monastery in Pine City, New York. - Br. David

Brother David Steindl-Rast & Sharon LeBell
Introduction by Kathleen Norris
2nd edition, Ulysses Press

Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness
It makes me happy that, after almost two decades, this book still finds a steady stream of new readers. Now and then, I hear people who made Gratefulness their daily reading in a time of crisis, in sickness, or on their deathbed. This fills me with awe. So does that fact that groups who read and discuss books together have found this one helpful. What do I myself like about it? That it treats the main aspects of gratefulness in a systematic way, without – I hope – being dry. And I specially like the list of key words arranged from A to Z (yes, I even have one for “X”). In fact, the Glossary we plan to include on this site will continue and expand that idea. - Br. David

Brother David Steindl-Rast, with foreword by Henri Nouwen
N.J. Paulist Press; 1984.

The Ground We Share: Everyday Practice, Buddhist and Christian
This is a lovely, engaging, insightful conversation between two important contemporary spiritual teachers and practitioners, one (Aitken) an American-born Zen master and the other (Steindl-Rast) a Benedictine monk. The conversation is drawn from a week-long retreat that Aitken and Steindl-Rast shared in Hawaii in 1991. They agree quickly to focus on "everyday practice" rather than on abstract conceptions of Buddhism and Christianity. The result is not a formal contribution to the growing body of Buddhist-Christian dialogue so much as an illuminating and multifaceted exploration of common ground--the sacred heart that beats at the center of a world shared by Christians and Buddhists. This volume offers a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between compassionate believers comfortable with their differences, fully engaged with each other, and fully engaged in the world. Steve Schroeder (Booklist)

Robert Aitken, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Nelson Foster (ed.)
Shambhala Publications; (June 1996) 

Belonging to the Universe: Explorations on the Frontiers of Science and Spirituality
A remarkably compatible new view of the universe offered by the trailblazer of new science and a contemporary of Thomas Merton. "An entertaining, thought-provoking book filled with conversations, quotations, and colorful stories that make science and theology come alive."--San Francisco Chronicle. Winner of the American Book Award.

Fritjof Capra, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Thomas Matus
Harper San Francisco


Other Books  


Words of Gratitude
For Mind, Body, and Soul

Writing the Introduction to Words of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill gave me a three-fold pleasure. It was a pleasure to introduce a book which conveys the message of gratitude so clearly, succinctly, and eloquently. Also, juggling with proverbs, as I did in my Introduction, is always a pleasure for me. And finally I could anticipate the pleasure readers will derive from the lovely layout and design of this perfect gift-book. - Br. David

Robert A. Emmons & Joanna Hill
Introduction by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Templeton Foundation Press

Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict

This book is a historic first. Four Buddhists are commenting here on the Rule of St. Benedict. That 6th century book helped shape Western culture and still shapes the life of most monastic communities in the West. But today, growing numbers of people who are not monks find a support for their spiritual growth in this "trellis"-for this is what "Rule" means. It was a rare thrill for me to take part in the discussions from which Benedict's Dharma emerged. I cannot help feeling that readers of this book will experience that same thrill. - Br. David

Norman Fischer, Joseph Goldstein, Judith Simmer-Brown,
Yifa (Editor), Patrick Henry (Editor)
Afterword by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Riverhead Books

A Dialogue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics

The Gethsemani Encounter was a remarkable event: a meeting of monks from Buddhist and Christian traditions hosted by Thomas Merton’s community at the abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Moderating the discussions was a challenging task for me, but a richly rewarding one. The exchanges went deep – sometimes deeper than words reach – and the traces they left on the pages of this book are worth pondering. The warmth of monks sharing with monks across all traditional boundaries radiates from these pages and warms one’s heart. - Br. David

Donald W. Mitchell (Editor), James Wiseman (Editor)
Continuum Pub Group

Living Buddha, Living Christ
In this national bestseller, Zen monk and social activist Thich Nhat Hanh draws parallels between Buddhism and Christianity that have them walking, hand in hand, down the same path to salvation. In Christianity, he finds mindfulness in the Holy Spirit as an agent of healing. In Buddhism, he finds unqualified love in the form of compassion for all living things. And in both he finds an emphasis on living practice and community spirit. [Amazon editorial]

Thich Nhat Hanh
Forward by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Riverhead Books



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