This is why orthodox (right thinking) Catholics have trouble with the Catholic Church in America.

From http://goodjesuitbadjesuit.blogspot.com/2009/02/zazen-zooy-roshi-phooy.html...

Holy Cross Presents Zen Meditation and Social Justice Forum

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross will present a Zen meditation and forum on social justice activism with Rev. Robert Kennedy, S.J., chair of the theology department at Saint Peter’s College in N.J. and Anna J. Brown, assistant professor of political science at Saint Peter’s College, on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Rehm Library. Todd Lewis, professor of religious studies at Holy Cross will moderate the forum. The program is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be available. more...

I am shaking my head...

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny


Anastasia ※ アナスタシア said...

"Zen, then, remains much more a school of philosophy than a conventional religion. And that certainly has been a part of its appeal in the West: one may practice Zen while remaining a devout Jew, Catholic, or atheist. There is no religious conflict because the practice of Zen does not address whether or not there is a god, nor does it pass judgment on religious texts. Zen mind is "ordinary everyday mind," and the tea ceremony is, like the garden or planting rice or working at a desk, refined but commonplace, a ritual performed not as an emblem, but as useful in and of itself. " (from The Book of Tea).

To remove Zen from of the tea ceremony is like taking the Holy Communion out of Catholicism. Americans not only misunderstand Catholicism, but also Zen.

de Brantigny........................ said...

I am mulling over your comments.

Zen, it cannot be denied, is a form of eastern meditation. It has been condemned by the Pope Benedict XVI.

Here is a document to read...


Though I lived in the Okinawa Prefecture I never attended a Tea Ceremony, yet it is not a priest performing the ceremony.

When a priest is involved in eastern mysticism he opens the door to error, whether directly or indirectly, through co-mission or omission.

Thanks for the comment.