Here comes another viewpoint from our other moderator. Let me expand what Edgar 
says: the immense intelligense in the universe is the global spirit, or Tao. 

--- On Thu, 16/9/10, Edgar Owen <> wrote:

From: Edgar Owen <>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Can I practise Zen and still believe in God?
Date: Thursday, 16 September, 2010, 6:17 PM



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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