Re: catholic dissatisfied with self-need new direction-have questions


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Posted by David on November 19, 1998 at 11:16:12:

In Reply to: catholic dissatisfied with self-need new direction-have questions posted by Mishi on November 17, 1998 at 16:09:36:

Hello Mishi,

I am not familiar with Buddhist Centers in CT, although there probably are some. You may try sites like http://www.dharma.org/ which has links to various centers and other extended Buddhist resource indexes. I know of a good place in New York, but that may be too far.

As for Buddhism and Christianity, the practices can overlap very nicely, but the belief systems generally don't, unless you consider some mystic Christian traditions. In general, Chirstianity (as I'm sure you are very aware) relies on a "blind" faith of God and his Will, whereas Buddhists work to individually understand and accord with causes and conditions in order to benefit themselves and others and do not believe in a personal judger or giver of retribution.

A helpful book might be "Living Buddha, Living Christ" by the Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Naht Hanh. It's written in a very down to earth and warm manner and may offer you some insight into the interconnectedness of Christianity and Buddhism - and help you decide whether you wish to approach them together or separately. With time, one way will show itself to be more beneficial for you and those around you.

If you have other questions, either general or specific, I'll do my best to be useful.

Best wishes,
David

P.s. I'm a grad student in California (have practiced Buddhism for a little over 5 years - not long, but very beneficial).


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