There is certainly immense intelligence embodied in the universe but it is not 
the God imagined by Christians. The Christian God as usually thought of is a 
delusion and delusions are the antithesis of Zen which deals only with reality 
as it actually is. Anyone who believes in the usual Christian God does not know 


On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:16 PM, DP 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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