Jesus and I

meditation

I lived in Indiana for a year when I was young and 17 as a high school exchange student. It opened my little Japanese world to whole another level. I did not speak much English though I read and wrote all right. My loving host family was very religious in the most wonderful ways. They were kind and understanding. We still stay in touch and see each other once in a while after 16 years!!!

Anyways, I went to their Presbyterian church every Sunday for the service and adult Sunday school. I must say I really appreciated the teaching there. Though mom (I still call her that) and I have some discussions going because I am a gay man about to get married, the church was about love one another and accepting differences. A long story short, in the end of the year I was blessed by Jesus, and I had a period I called myself a Christian. I still could. What Jesus represents in the bible is wonderful. I truly can say that the relationships I had with people in Indiana opened up my heart tremendously.

In the context of meditation, Meggan Wattersonย talks about how there was meditation practice in Christian tradition, also about the prayer. For anything, I still learn about the bible through the RobCast.

In the end, any wisdom traditions have wonderful things to offer. And I’d say Jesus and I are in a pretty good term now.

13 thoughts on “Jesus and I

  1. Hello I hear you. Being a Buddhist does not eliminate you from being a Christian, but being a christian eliminates you from being Buddhist. Sad but true. Here is the wisdom of the Buddha dharma, Christians do many wonderful things with a very high view, but due to their lack of wisdom they can only see that they are right and everyone else is going to hell. Sad but true, I can only wish all Christians enlightenment.

    QP

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    1. Hi QP! I appreciate your comment. I really know some Christian or catholic friends who are practicing mindfulness as well. I find it hard to define Christianity depending on what it means to the person I’m talking to… it’s hard to define anything anyways because everyone has their own understanding of things.

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      1. True I know what you mean we all all some type of experts in so,e way or another. This mindfulness term being thrown around today is a real pet peeve of mine. It is very misunderstood. Do you know just how your friends define and practice mindfulness? I am really curious.

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      2. That’s so kind of you. Thank you!
        My friend is sitting with her husband every morning. I think she’s been to some retreats in a chan temple too.

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      3. Cool a chan retreat, I am curious how do they balance Buddhism and Christianity especially when it comes to their Christian friends. Who might not be so understanding.

        Personally I feel the word mindfulness can only truly be applied to experiences within the meditation. By that I mean that one is fully experiencing mind.

        What do you and your friends feel?

        QP

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      4. Hey! Thank you for expanding the conversation. I’m sorry you feel that the Christian people may not be so understanding. The whole point of this post was to point out that different wisdom traditions have wonderful teachings. I don’t quite know how she is balancing both but seems like she does it well and very open about it. But I hear you.
        You are saying you can be mindful only when you sit for meditation? The satipatthana says that you can be clear knowing in different actions in daily life. I’m more than happy to continue this discussion via email if you would like. keipence@gmail.com
        Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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      5. No I do not mean that I can only be mindful on the meditation cushion. What I meant first, that the original meaning of mindfulness is to be fully aware within the meditation. This might be hard to understand if you are not a meditator. Secondly I believe that many anti stress teachers and self help groups have hijacked mindfulness and have watered it down and it’s true meaning is lost on most westerners.

        About Christians there are many blogs here that are written by Christians calling us Buddhists devil worshippers and the like. It’s sad really because we are not, we are good people who practice diligently love, compassion, and wisdom. Your friends seem cool.

        QP

        p.s. I am happy to keep this public if it’s ok with you

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      6. Sure there are many people who calls themselves Christian or even Buddhist and confused. There are many people who are confused period including myself most of the time haha. But at the moment, it comes to generalization of certain group of people, it doesn’t go anywhere. I’m not trying to evoke any religious conflicts that has been happening in the world. I’m just writing and sharing my own experience here. No intend to discuss what’s right and what’s not. Thank you for keeping this conversation thou!

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      7. I understand, and I am not trying to provoke anything but a better understanding of meditation and the Buddha dharma and also of Christians. I love and respect them all. That’s why I asked you so many questions, so I could learn more, understand better, and reduce any misconceptions. It is only through respectful dialog and discussion that we have a chance as humans for real spiritual growth. I am still interested in learning more about how your Christian friends meditate. I find it completely wonderful that that anyone especially Christians are learning to meditate.

        QP

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      8. Ok so they have no instruction, just intention to be mindful. They might need a teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚ I sure did and I was doing the same thing only difference was that I had not been a Christian for several years.

        QP

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