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THE GUARDIAN, JUNE 18, 1982 PAGE 5 Spirit. That Links st, West in Religion KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus By Dolores Leckey SOUNDS word, "Buddhism," :conjured up images of an religion, alien to the However, during the decades, the West been exposed more and to the beauties and of Asia. Today, the of Buddhism seems word, "buddha," refers to a being that lightened. The name refers to a particular rc Gautama (563-483 B.C.) who born in India. Among dhists, however, Sid- represents only one of enlightened beings. need both. Allstate illSU ra ll('e mortgage protection insurance. THERE ARE many stereotypes regarding Buddhism. One holds that the religion denies the value of this world -- that followers of Buddhism pass their earthly existence in a trance of sorts, waiting for death and their passage into pure nothingness. The late Father Thomas Merton, the famous Trappist monk, likened that distortion to the misunderstanding endured by some Christian mystics. St. John of the Cross, for example, is regarded by many people as a life-denying ascetic. In reality, his mysticism superabounds in love and joy. When I first studied the Buddhism of Asian Tibet, I too held a sterotype of what a lama-rimpoche (a holy teacher) was like -- unap- proachable and mysterious. I was sure if I met one, I'd be silent and afraid. THEN I did meet a rim- poche, one whose books I had read. He was gracious, humorous and interested in in good hands. Allatatk Life Insurance Co. JERRY COOKE - Mcl'ain Mall. NI,R BUS. 7534326 OAK FOREST CLEANERS & LAUNDRY 1217 Fair Park Blvd. Little Rock, AR 72204 663-6049 I Pine Bluff Shoppers Guide & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS ,ST AT 8TH AVE / PHONE .$343131 YOUNG'S LAUNDRY AND CLEANERS 917 Main Street Pine Bluff, Arkansas These men and women, whose roots are Christian, are seeking ways to integrate Zen approaches with Christianity. Sewing-Vacuum-Fan Ctr. CUSTOM MONOGRAMMING SALES-SERVICE-REBUILDERS VACUUM CLEANERS SEWING MACHINES CEILING FANS-ALL SIZES Emory La Brot & Associates Phone 22.5-0100' (We Rent the Rug Doctor) 10300 Rodney Parham (Lower Level) Colony West others. I was struck by the man's ability to concentrate on each person he spoke with. This rimpoche emphasized the importance of spiritual enlightenment. He was especially interested in meeting Christians deeply committed to their own religious traditions. Each person, he felt, ought to "dig his or her own well, and to continue digging and not to run off to dig another's well." EVENTUALLY, HE said, you will come to the water, the source of life. But, he cautioned, if you give up digging your own well, you will never reach the water. There is a practice of meditation known as Zen. It often is associated with Buddhism. In fact, one of the main Buddhist schools is Japanese Zen Buddhism. But Zen practice is not limited to .Buddhism. For Zen is not a theology of revelation and salvation. Nor is it mysticism as we understand it in the West. Zen encourages those who practice it to undertake an effort to get to the direct experience of life itself. One asks such questions as: What does it mean that I exist? Who amI? Some are choosing to live this out in monasteries. But some are choosing to continue life in the world, in families and professions, in social and cultural life. They are being helped, many of them, by monks and nuns to connect what they have learned in Zen with the deepest wells of Christian prayer. PERHAPS TODAY, it is becoming more and more urgent to explore in depth the meaning of our humanity and of the Christian themes of "life in Christ" and "unity in Christ." This exploration, if it is to lead to action, will transform one's life. I think it will ultimately mean facing the narrow gate that Jesus spoke of and deciding whether or not to enter. Those who choose to enter the narrow gate will benefit from the past experience of others who have sought the Spirit within life. And, in the years ahead, some of them will tell you they hope to benefit from Zen - a practice that has become, for some, a link between the East and the West. ZEN VALUES waiting, patient waiting. That is itself an act of humility. And I've always imagined that one had to bend low to make it through Jesus' gate. 1982 NC News Service Above Monument Gray Granite on 4It. Bese s39500 lnatelled On Your Cemetery Lot-- OCKER MONUMENT CO. Jl 3018 Oak Lane Across From Cloverleaf Plmm R. W. OCKER OWNER MARKERS FROM S50.00 INSTALLED OBVIOUSLY, SUCH questions are not reserved to Buddhists. Christians and many others ask them. You might say those questions and the determination to answer them are something Christians and Buddhists share. A person who studies Zen wants to come to grips with reality -- with the every-day experience of the senses and the invisible reality un- dergirding everything. One of the Zen approaches is characterized by silent meditation. This school bears a resemblance to Christian methods of meditation. DURING THE past two decades, a number of young people have been on an eastward journey of sorts. Many have been led to the study of Zen. Contraception Deaths Higher Chicago (NC) -- Deaths caused by contraception, sterilization and abortion now exceed those caused ,by pregnancy itself, according to a study of reproductive mortality statistics since 1955 by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. A report of the study was published in Chicago in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Data for 1975 show that 521 deaths were caused by con- traceptives, abortion or sterilization, while 478 deaths were caused by ectopic pregnancies (when the fer- tilized egg develops outside the womb) or other com- plications of pregnancy or delivery. Oral contraceptives caused 45 per cent of the deaths. TEACHING ABOUT JESUS The most important work of a missionary is sharing the love of Jesus Christ, the joy and hope He brings, and His promise of eternal life. This is just what thousands of missionaries on every continent do every day, for the neediest of our brothers and sisters. Please help Christ's storytellers by praying and sacrificing for the Missions. YES, I want to help tell the story of Jesus. Enclosed is my sacrifice of: [] $2,400 [] $1,200 r'l $600 r'l $300 i-1 $150 [] $50 rl $25 I-1 $10 I-1 Other El I will send a monthly donation when possible. Name City State Zip Please ask the missionaries to remember the following intentions at Mass_ Photo by Leon V Kofod 682 Send pour gift to your Diocesan office of: THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH Sister Cecelia Ann Moix, S.C.N. 2415 North Tyler Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72207 -.I