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What would you think about a catholic priest who teaches Zen meditation?

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  1. Sounds like a pretty cool priest who is smart enough to know that Zen is not a religion, it is a philosophy, and there is nothing contrary to a Christian practicing Zen meditation.
    In fact, it’s a great way to relieve stress and decrease emotional disregulation. It’s psychologically healthy. Cognitive therapists are beginning to use techniques taught in Zen, such as mindfulness, to treat a variety of mental illnesses with a pretty impressive success rate. I’d say this priest is doing his best to help his parishoners.

  2. at first i would be confused because they are so different. but i guess meditation is like prayre, and it revitalizes the body and soul. cool.

  3. Zen is short for Zen Buddhism. It is sometimes called a religion and sometimes called a philosophy. Choose whichever term you prefer; it simply doesn’t matter.
    meditation as originally taught in Buddhism is fundamentally about the discovery of what we really are which goes far beyond our mortal physical body.

  4. I would think all hell had broken loose. Or that he is extremely openminded and the church has no clue……
    It would be, like, so cool. Strange, but cool.

  5. Very openminded and definately someone who is close to the Divine that can not only adhere to their own religious beliefs, theology, and philosophy, but adds a practice to their spiritual life that helps them in their own spiritual practice that actually comes from another religion (afterall, he is still Catholic in belief, just doing a certain type of meditation).
    Actually I know a lot of people who do this. They take a particular practice of one religion and adopt it and mold it to fit into their own spiritual practice. They don’t change their beliefs, theology, and philosophy…they just add a practice that they find beneficial to them spiritually.

  6. is it considered sacriligious? I mean, with Zen meditation, are you worshipping Buddha? (ps is Buddha the god of Buddhism?) lol sorry for not answering) if its not against Christian beliefs I say it’s fine

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