Hi DP-

I know of nothing in zen that prohibits belief in god/gods. I think it's simply 
a personal choice. I think belief or non-belief has nothing to do with 
enlightenment.

I hope this helps :-)
Artie


--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "DP" <wookielife...@...> wrote:
>
> 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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