Diane Zike has a B. A. in English Literature from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a Master of Arts Degree (Ministry and Culture) from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received her initial training in pastoral care while assisting in the Tulsa Episcopal Chaplaincy program. Diane completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. Diane brings a variety of life experiences to the writing of meditations. She was the chaplain and director for Interfaith AIDS Ministries in Tulsa for ten years. Diane served on the Diocesan AIDS Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. She also worked in hospice and served on a regional advisory board for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. Diane has led workshops on hospital visitation, AIDS, and death and dying issues and has written brochures and other materials on these topics. Diane is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa where she provided lay Eucharistic visitation and led a Wednesday Compline Service. Diane has published two books of meditations: Advent through Epiphany: Annunciation • Incarnation • Manifestation and Via Dolorosa.
The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas. Now the Tao Te ching has been rendered into English by the eminent scholar and traslator Stephen Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell's Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a modern Zen classic, and his translations of Rilke and of the Book of Job have already been called definitive for our time.