The Buddha lived in a time of polytheism. He appears to suggests that polytheistic gods exist only if an individual believes them to do so,
The interface between Ch’an Buddhist practice and Christian practice is that of contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is preferably ‘silent’, and comprised of a single, meaningful, one-syllable word.
As I work in translation, I am surprised by the latitude the Christian Church has allowed for English translations from the Hebrew and the Greek.
This, in effect, is the realised integration of ‘existence’ and ‘non-existence’ in an instant. This would imply that everything exists and does not exist simultaneously – and this includes all notions of ‘god’ and ‘non-god’. Although I am not religious in anyway, I can truthfully state that god exists AND does not exist in equal measure, and that I am disinterested in either view.
(A version of this article appeared in the New Worker – the newspaper of