今日のスピリチュアリティの一側面 : カトリックと禅の邂逅をめぐって [in Japanese] An Aspect of Spirituality Today : On the Encounter of Catholicism with Zen Buddhism [in Japanese]
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Today there are various kinds of spirituality: some are based on the traditional religions; others are not based on them. Here I deal with the former. In the process of the spiritual exchange between Christianity and Buddhism and between Judaism and Buddhism, there arose contemporary eclecticism between them. There are people called a Buddhist Christian or a Jubu (Jewish Buddhist). One of the first Buddhist Christians is Hugo Lassalle (1898-1990), who was a Catholic priest and a German missionary sent to Japan. He found Zen Buddhism as the core of Japanese spiritual life. He not only studied it, but also practiced it at Zen temples under the guidance of Zen masters. He also built Catholic Zen meditation halls called Shinmeikutsu (Divine Meditative Cave) in Hiroshima and in Tokyo. When he was 80 years old, he was ordained as a Zen master. Lassalle found Zen meditation as a tool to accomplish the contemplation with no object and to prepare the "contemplacion infusa" of St. John of the Cross. It means that his main purpose was to facilitate the supernatural intervention by God. Therefore, we can argue that Lassalle utilized the "no thinking and no idea" (munen muso) of Zen meditation in order to accomplish the act of the divine grace.
- Journal of Mind-Body Science
Journal of Mind-Body Science 23(1), 41-49, 2014
Society for Mind-Body Science