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  •   Theologically Zen denies relevance to God and practically speaking it is atheistic. Ruth Fuller Sasaki denies relevance to God while affirming absolute relevance for “THIS”: Zen does not ho...Read More...

  • By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 Zen believers should be challenged to ask themselves how is it possible to know that Zen is true when the philosophy is riddled with contradic...Read More...

  • Salvation and Works In order to attain enlightenment, Bodhidharma, the “founder” of Zen, purportedly sat before a wall for nine years without speaking to anyone![1] One can honestly wonder if he fe...Read More...

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  • By: John Ankerberg Show; ©2015

    By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 One logical starting point for talking with Zenists would be to point out the personal and social consequences of Zen.   Zen vs. Christianity One logical starting point for talking with Zenists would be to point out and then drive home the personal and social consequences of […]

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    By: John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 Zen Buddhism claims to be the best or truest path to satori (enlightenment), and to represent “true” Buddhism. Contents 1 An Introduction to Zen 2 NOTES An Introduction to Zen Info at a Glance Name: Zen Buddhism. Purpose: The attainment of satori (enlightenment). Founder: Unknown; popularly believed to […]

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  • By: Dr. John Ankerberg; ©2014

    In this article, we will contrast the teachings of Zen with those of Christianity. At one level, Zenists will admit that the two religions are incompatible, but they will nevertheless argue that a Christian can practice Zen to great benefit. At another level, the Zen doctrine of oneness makes Zen believers religious syncretists: all religions […]

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  • By: Dr. John Weldon; ©2014

    By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 Zen believers should be challenged to ask themselves how is it possible to know that Zen is true when the philosophy is riddled with contradictions? Contents 1 Contradictory Teachings in Zen Buddhism 2 Scripture Contrasts 3 Notes Contradictory Teachings in Zen Buddhism Zen believers should be challenged […]

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  • By: The John Ankerberg Show; ©2014

    By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 Although for Zen the supernatural, like all else, is illusionary, this does not prevent the supernatural from intruding into the world of Zen. Contents 1 Zen Buddhism and the Occult 2 Notes Zen Buddhism and the Occult Although for Zen the supernatural, like all else, is illusionary, […]

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  • By: The John Ankerberg Show; ©

    By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 The satori (enlightenment) experience can be radically life-transforming and the “enlightened” individual may rarely be the same person afterwards. Contents 1 Zen Enlightenment 2 Notes Zen Enlightenment There are five schools of Zen; however, the two most prominent are the Rinzai and the Soto. The others are […]

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  • By: Dr. John Weldon; ©2014

    By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 The issue of Zen origins and orthodoxy is largely irrelevant for most Zen believers. The experience of Zen is what matters to them.   Contents 1 What is Zen? 2 Notes What is Zen? The issue of Zen origins and orthodoxy is largely irrelevant for most Zen […]

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  • By: Dr. John Weldon; ©2014

      Zen as Self-Disintegration Sooner or later “zazen leads to a transformation of personality and character.”[1] It “effects a fundamental change in oneself, philosophical and intellectual, as well as psychological. It is the total conversion of one’s personality.”[2] But Zen constitutes far more than a “conversion” of one’s personality; it aims at the destruction of […]

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  • By: Dr. John Weldon; ©

    By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 As a way of life, Zen offers extreme practical difficulties. Its irrationalism and nihilism are destructive to human welfare. Its denial of morality is dangerous. Is it worth the risk? Contents 1 Is Zen Worth the Risk? 2 Notes Is Zen Worth the Risk? Dangers of the […]

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  • By: The John Ankerberg Show; ©

    Salvation and Works In order to attain enlightenment, Bodhidharma, the “founder” of Zen, purportedly sat before a wall for nine years without speaking to anyone![1] One can honestly wonder if he felt the effort was worth it? (Following his example, Soto Zenists face a wall or curtain during zazen.) Nevertheless, Zen both denies salvation (or […]

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  • By: The John Ankerberg Show; ©

      Theologically Zen denies relevance to God and practically speaking it is atheistic. Ruth Fuller Sasaki denies relevance to God while affirming absolute relevance for “THIS”: Zen does not hold that there is a god apart from the universe who first created this universe and then created man to enjoy, or even master it…. Rather, […]

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  • By: Dr. John Weldon; ©2014

    By: John Akenberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999 In this article, we will briefly note several common beliefs and features of Zen: monism; the centrality of Mind; irrationalism; nihilism; the priority of Self; pantheism; antiauthority; influence by Taoism and Mahayana; exclusivism. Contents 1 Common Beliefs of Zen Buddhism 2 NOTES Common Beliefs of Zen Buddhism In […]

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