Friday, July 10, 2009

The God Within

Visiting a Hindu Temple, exploring zazen, experiencing Friday noon prayer in a mosque... It is an interesting summer. As I have worked to put together an experiential program on the world's religions, I've been struck more by the commonalities than by the differences. We're talking Hindu, Zen Buddhism, Judaism, Orthodoxy and Islam. At first glance, there is not much in common there. The Hindus have more than a hundred gods to whom they can address their concerns. The Zens look within rather than outside to find something greater. One God, no God, many gods... One life, eternal life, successive lives...
And yet...
In each case, there seems to be a very human basic need to know that this is not all there is, that there is something greater than the individual human being. I haven't fully formed my reaction to this aha moment of almost universal searching, but I thought it was worth noting.

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