Christian Lessons from Zen Buddhism
By Lori Erickson
As a Christian, I've gained some of my most valuable insights into spirituality from Zen Buddhism. During visits to monasteries in South Korea and Japan, I've encountered exquisite beauties and powerful insights that have greatly enriched my Christian faith.
I'm not alone in drawing inspiration from Zen. Thomas Merton and David Steindl-Rast are among the many Christians who have been influenced by this form of Buddhism, which is dominant in Japan but has spread throughout the world. Here are ten things Christians can learn from Zen.