Thursday, December 10, 2009

Zen Catholicism promotes the Kingdom of God

In his post, "Bring a still, calm voice, to the Garden...", Barrie Maclaurin blogs about "Zen Catholicism" as described by Thomas Moore in his book, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels.

After linking a moving experience in Venice with one in Kyoto, Maclaurin includes,
"In my recent, limited, readings on Zen and Christianity, I am starting to recognise a universality in their paths, their messages of love and peace, their explanations on where to find the Kingdom of God and so on. It does not matter one iota whether we are brought up as Buddhists, or Christians, or Muslims or Shintoists! All seek the same relationship with God, all seek to better Mankind and, if Zen is about thinking deeply about religion and the nature of all things (quite apart from just Man), then we can all can learn from it!

In the bustle of everyday life we never seem to find the time, or the place, to sit and be quiet, to listen to the still calm voice from within: and if we do, the noise from our own minds comes crashing in with everyday concerns and worries."
He closes with a passage from the Gospel of Thomas.

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