I have reconciled Zen and my Christian practise, if not beliefs - there seems to be little contrary to Zen in practising compassion towards others and showing mercy, which to me are the core of Jesus's teachings. Believing in God might be another thing, however. From what I understand, Buddhism and Zen do not deny the existence of God(s) but stress their non-importance to enlightenment. As long as I do not cling to an image of God (which the Abrahamic religions actually warn against in their admonition of idolatry) can I still be open to the presence of some intelligence to the universe? Or is that un-Zen?
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