Saturday, 8 September 2007


Zen also stems from this message of healing. Zen practice heals the fissures or separations in our being so that we can "come home" to simply be. This homecoming effects five kinds of recovery in our being. First is a recovery of now, living now genuinely and not trying to escape from ourselves. Second is a recovery of our body, to be our body as the temple of the divine presence. Third is the recovery of nature, to live in unison with nature, receiving the fullness of creation in each moment, entrusting ourselves to its Source. Fourth is the recovery of the shadow. This means to accept all of ourselves and accept responsibility for, not avoid, ourselves as the key to wholeness. Fifth is the recovery of the feminine in us. Kwan-yin is the compassionate hearer of the sounds of the world. Mary, too, can remind us of this transparent, trusting, totally open compassion. It is the feminine face of God that stands ready to heal. And Zen can open our eyes to this compassionate reality at the heart of the universe and therefore can help us recover it in our hearts, too.
Zen Mind/Christian Mind: Practice across Traditions
Susan Postal
Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 14. (1994), pp. 209-213.

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