Your question is more profound than you think. Is there an intelligence more 
powerful than man? Bill would ask you not to give a shit to that question. That 
does not stop us from wondering. Is it right in a zen way to believe in God? 
Bill would say since whether God exists is irrelevant, it does not make sense 
to believe or not in God.

--- On Thu, 16/9/10, DP <wookielife...@yahoo.ca> wrote:

From: DP <wookielife...@yahoo.ca>
Subject: [Zen] Can I practise Zen and still believe in God?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, 16 September, 2010, 11:16 AM


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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