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? > ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: zen_forum-dig...@yahoogroups.com zen_forum-fullfeatu...@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: zen_forum-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/