Zen Paganism: or, Why Buddha Touched the Earth

Presented by Tom Swiss.

Since its beginnings 2,500 years ago, Buddhism has existed with, borrowed from, and lent to poly- and pan-theistic paths including Hinduism, Taoism, Shinto, and Bon; it may have even played a part in the creation of modern Wicca, through the works of Crowley and Gardner. The same dissatisfaction with mainstream Western spirituality that has led to the rebirth of Paganism has also resulted in a greater interest in Buddhism in the West, and many modern Pagans are finding that Buddhist ideas can lend depth to their practice. We will discuss the basic tenets of Buddhism (mostly from a Zen perspective) and how they might be integrated with Neo-Pagan practice, and do a few mindfulness meditation exercises.

















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