Huseng wrote:It doesn't sound like serious samadhi to me, but rather just mystical experience.
I quoted to the passages from the Catechism only to illustrate that "yogic development" is not foreign to Christianity.
The language is particularly mystical, but, based on my experience, the results are similar. Teresa de Avila's El Castillo Interior
, for instance, very much concerns itself with peeling back the layers of ego so that the soul is placed in a quiet state to receive the gifts of contemplation. Thomas Merton, for example, saw very great many parallels between Juan de la Cruz's writings and the Zen writings of D.T. Suzuki and other masters.
Speaking of Merton, one mode of prayer which has been catching on in the Church is something called "centering prayer," a form of prayer where one develops states of samadhi through focusing on the face or name of Jesus, the word Love, or some other spiritual object. As in any good meditation manual, when the mind wanders, the attention is brought back to the object. "Centering prayer" is not without its detractors, though, many of whom see it as too Buddhist; however, what they fail to realize is that centering prayer is a particular ancient practice of lectio divina
(pronounced lexio div ena), where a person achieves states of samadhi based on focusing on a word or line from the Bible or other spiritual text.
I'm not saying Christians can become Buddhas, though. As Mr. G rightly points out, dependent origination is not something spoken of in Christianity, and the emphasis on the salvific power of God and Jesus only reifies dualism and ego.