Wesley1982 wrote:I do think it will be interesting to try and incorporate the art of Zen buddha into my Christian prayer life.
Oh, I get it now. Sorry, Wesley, I had managed to not read this post of your when first going over the thread.
In that case, if Soto doesn't seem compatible with your Christian prayer life, that's fine. You're the one looking to find an effective pairing and you get to make that call. However, as far as I know, the American Zen (and I do mean just of the Japanese strain; I'm not aware of this phenomenon in other American Buddhist groups) lineages that have self-identified Christian followers and teachers all have at least partial Soto roots. Not that this says anything special about comptability, since there's nothing strictly Soto about them, all having roots in multiple Japanese schools (to the best of my knowledge). My perhaps unclear point being, I just wouldn't discount Soto practice for your Christian prayer life too easily.
Let me know if you want any info on the American Zen lineages I mentioned. Might be a very good opportunity if there's a group near-ish to you. We can PM back and forth if you want to go into depth, whch I'd certainly be up for.
"Once delusion is extinguished, your wisdom naturally arises and you don’t differentiate suffering and joy. Actually, this joy and this suffering, they are the same."
— Chinese hermit, Amongst White Clouds