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January 19, 2010

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I don't know about the book you cited, but Pema Chodron's work holds up pretty well in my opinion. She's not soft and mushy, and really doesn't hand out spiritual candy and "good feelings" - she has even written a detailed book on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva.

As for the rest of what you cited, I totally agree.

This point needs to be brought up repeatedly. Relaxation therapy, "Zen Habits" or the "Mindful Corporate Executive" may have some utilitarian purpose but in and of themselves they do not comprise all of Buddhism.

Good post. I liked it because I can relate this to my own brand of religiosity.

For some time now I have considered myself as being a "Zen Christian." Or at one time even a "moderate neo-humanistic Zen Christian Buddhistic Mormon!"

But what are your thoughts on attempting to amalgamate Zen Buddhism with Christianity? I see many parallels with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and the Buddha although the Christ was very firm on the aspect of 'divinity' and salvation through Him, while the Buddha was not.

My sentiments exactly! These kinds of books are enormously helpful to the average layperson, but they are to the Suttas as a pond is to the ocean.

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