Coming from a Christian background my understanding of Zen as far as
I have learned is that it is by its very nature possible to
combine/rationalise it with other religions. There are authorised
Zen masters active in the Christian church for example. Only the
most exclusivist traditions of the Abrahamic faiths forbid this as a
path, and I have not found any Bhuddist tradition, especially not
Zen that advises against it. On the contrary, my understanding is
that the Mahayana tradition in particular discourages abandoning
other faiths unless the devotee has fully explored them. The Dalai
Lama has said as much.
The Bhuddist Dharma in general does not as a first priority attempt
to explain the nature and mechanism of Divine Will. It is instead
primarily a remedy for suffering. Since the relief of suffering is
also an aspiration of all three Abrahamic faiths, there is scope for
incorporating the techniques of Zen into the spirituality of these
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Serge Blais <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> (Wrong button previous post, sorry)
> There are many paths to get to the top of the
> mountain, but if you keep jumping from one path to
> another one, you'll never get anywhere.
> Some people can reconcile following more than one
> path, but they are few that can actually do it.
> We all "believe" that the end up to the same place.
> But how many have reached the top and can actually
> tell us that any path will get us to the same place?
> My view is, take your path and follow it, regardless
> of anyone else is saying. This may fall into an
> organized group, it may not.
> > > You know what else is cool, is that in Hebrew the
> > word for Spirit
> > is
> > > the same for the word for "wind." We can think of
> > "wind" as breath
> > > if we want. It all comes back to the breath!
> > >
> > It's a "stretch" all right. I find the "Buddhism
> > teaches the same
> > thing as Christianity" idea an exercise in political
> > correctness that
> > is corrosive to the teachings in both traditions.
> > They get watered
> > down to the least common denomonator. I think we
> > should just let
> > each tradition speak for itself.
> > Ian
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