Are there any Zen Pagans out there? Is Zen Paganism a functional religion?

Question by Beatchanter: Are there any Zen Pagans out there? Is Zen Paganism a functional religion?
Let’s use as a base definition …..

for Zen: “emphasis on practice and experiential wisdom—particularly as realized in the form of meditation known as zazen—in the attainment of awakening.”

And Paganism: “a term which, from a Western perspective, has come to connote a broad set of spiritual or cultic practices or beliefs of any folk religion, and of historical and contemporary polytheistic religions in particular.”

Best answer:

Answer by rhio9
Is ANY religion “functional”? I think not. I think all religion is DYSFUNCTIONAL.

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5 thoughts on “Are there any Zen Pagans out there? Is Zen Paganism a functional religion?

  1. Zen itself isn’t a religion as much as it is a practice of other religions, and the Eastern ideology accepts syncretism, when one can claim to be Buddhist, Taoist, Pagan, and it’s accepted and understood. So I’d guess, as rational as a religion can be, yes. At least on paper.

  2. it should be, I think it’s ppl with pagan beliefes that practice zen, since zen is more of a mental thing and pagans are open to more than on deity so the shoe can fit either way.

  3. Zen

    Zen [zen]
    form of Buddhism: a major school of Buddhism originating in 12th-century China that emphasizes enlightenment through meditation and insight


  4. The wonderfull thing about pagans (and i use the term loosly), is that they do not shut out other beliefs or practices. And there are very few “functional” religions out there to begin
    Pagans (as you put them), are very aware that there are other faiths out there that use different methods to attain this “awakening”, but also realize that it is one in the same. I myself use the Tarot with meditation.
    You will ALWAYS find that each individual has thier own way of doing things or thinking things but I am postitive you will find others with the same idea’s, just keep looking!

  5. YES I AM.

    NO I would not call it a functional Religion. they are two separate things combined together to make one belief for the individual and I think it is different for each person that practices both ZEN and Paganism such as myself.

    I’m proud to be both!

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