Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between by Jean-Yves Leloup

By Jean-Yves Leloup

A profound mirrored image on how complementary issues in Buddhism and Christianity may well function the foundation for a really ecumenical religion

• Compares Zen meditation with the Greek Orthodox perform of Hesychasm (prayer of the center)

• indicates how Buddha and Jesus characterize the particular but complementary values of meditation and compassion

In Asian non secular traditions the mountain typically symbolizes meditation whereas the sea indicates compassion. Jean-Yves Leloup makes use of this metaphor to match Buddhist and Christian ways to meditation and compassion to bare the similarities and divergences of those profound practices. Emphasizing their complementary nature, Leloup describes how Jesus and Buddha are essential to each other and the way jointly they shape an entire method: Jesus as awakening via love, and Buddha as awakening via meditation. the place Buddha represents the forests, Jesus represents the bushes. Buddha is brother to the universe, while Jesus is brother to humanity.

Nevertheless, those spiritual traditions have a profound universal flooring. Compassion is critical to Buddhism, and meditation practices were important to many Christian traditions. either view homicide, robbery, and the damaging use of sexuality as nice boundaries to knowing our crucial being, and either agree at the have to upward push above them. right here, besides the fact that, Leloup means that either faiths may gain advantage from the precepts of the opposite. The complementary features of Christianity and Buddhism supply the chance for a very profound ecumenical faith whose interfaith family members are in keeping with deep realizing of the real that means and perform of meditation and compassion and never in basic terms shared goodwill.

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