Posted by David on November 07, 1998 at 05:15:08:
In Reply to: nirvana posted by craig on November 06, 1998 at 23:52:49:
Hopefully others will comment on this too, because this is a very useful question and my answer can only be partial.
But, from my own study and practice it seems that the primary difference between the Christain belief and the Zen approach is that while Christianity generally conceives of a separate heaven in a separate time (future), a practitioner of Zen eventually lives life now, as it always will be - just now. What is after death? Just now. Same as now, only looks different if you allow it. If you live now always, then death is also no different than this moment. If you want to understand this, you will have to meditate, and investigate when not on the cushion also. One must use the heart to see the present. A qualified teacher is also priceless. The intellectual mind will always have questions about it.
There is nothing to convert to in Zen, because there is nothing to convert to in Zen. I'm not trying to be funny, but that's really a good way to say it. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, athiest, etc, you are within Zen.
Hope this helps a little.
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