Our Only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ totally rejected this temptation, and so must we. Notice what He said in vs. 8 And Jesus answering said to him. It is written: Thou shalt adore the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. It is not enough to declaim power and wealth, in fact if they are from God there is no reason to, quite the opposite. The fact is that when the devil offers them it is a lie, and to accept or reject them in one's own name, as did the Buddha, is idolatry and sinful. Jesus showed us that the only correct answer is to tell the devil that these things are God's and do not belong to the devil and we will have nothing to do with the devil. The so-called Buddha is an example of those who embrace the temptation of the devil as leading, whether in an ascetical manner or not, to truth, which it won't and therefore they, like the Buddha go to hell.
WASHINGTON(February 10, 2005)—The third meeting of the Northern California Zen/Ch’an-Catholic Dialogue took place at San Francisco Zen Center from Thursday January 20 to Sunday January 23, 2005. Set in a framework of meditative stillness and liturgical prayer, the dialogue engaged the theme of “Practice: Means towards Transformation.” Co-conveners this year were Bishop John C. Wester, auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, and Abbot Paul Haller of Zen Center.
The opening presentation was an experience of “sacred reading” (lectio divina) from the Christian monastic tradition, using the great christological hymn in Ephesians 1: 3-14, allowing each participant to encounter the words, allowing the meaning to arise in silence.
Jan Chozen Bays Roshi and Fr. FrancisTiso of the USCCB Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs stood in for Sr. Mary Ann Donovan, who was ill, for the first session on the meaning of transformation in Christ. Sr. Donovan’s paper used Scripture and the biography of St. Anthony of Egypt by St. Athanasius. Discussion explored the meaning of transformation in several periods of Church history and compared the views of Zen and Ch’an on inherent Buddha nature. The determining role of Christ and the Buddha in shaping understanding and experience of transformation was examined in the light of contemplative and pastoral experience. Whether practice actually changes persons, or whether it is a matter of uncovering inherent goodness, or a liberation brought about by divine grace, was examined in depth.
The third presentation took up the controversial question of dual practice: Christians undergoing Zen training and Buddhists continuing to adhere in various ways to the Christian or Jewish practices into which they may have been born. Fr. James Fredericks examined the testimony of a number of Catholics grounded in the Ignatian spiritual tradition who have pursued Zen training. Respondents noted that there is religious content to Buddhist meditation practice and that one cannot easily segregate “just sitting” from the philosophical “view” within which sitting is fruitful in Buddhist practice. However, numerous instances of dual practice have been seen to give rise to exemplary lives among mature Christians and Buddhists, suggesting a “hidden wholeness” that is nurtured by such practice. Rev. Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Rev. Heng Shur and Chozen Jan Bays led an exploration of the culture and meaning of the practice of chanting the Heart Sutra. This practice embodies the unity of emptiness and compassion that characterizes the Mahayana philosophical viewpoint and the ideal of the Bodhisattva. Musical settings include ancient Chinese chant, contemporary East Asian pop music, and even Anglican plainchant.
Rev. Myo Denis Lahey explored the problematic dimensions of dual practice and the presence of the “other” in Christian and Buddhist spirituality. Discussion ranged over the sense of “belonging” in religious life and the sense of being guided by circumstances that are perfectly suited to growth and change.
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton based his presentation on the insight of Dogen Zenji that “all space becomes charged with the Buddha’s enlightenment and each meditator can renew the quality of change” across the arc of time. The meditator is within the world-system and can take on the role of a protector, responsible for caring for the world. This is the basis for Buddhist social engagement. Fr. Robert Hale developed a response showing how the prophetic social critique of the Hebrew tradition takes on a new form in the universal mission of the Cosmic Christ. Discussion examined the risks of social engagement and co-optation, purity of motivation, and the limits of institutional bases for action. General discussion explored the use of a variety of metaphors, such as “a diamond with many facets,” to describe engagement as persons committed to spiritual practice with a world of contradictory voices.
One sign of authentic spiritual transformation was recognized in the ability to abide in and hold perplexity and opposition: contradictions can lead to a deeper awareness of self and others in relationship.
A public event at the Zen Center on Saturday evening allowed a variety of spiritual seekers to engage the dialogue experience. Questions having the character of shared spiritual guidance gave solidity to the sense of unity and trust that the dialogue participants had been experiencing.
The final discussion explored the challenges of karma, grace, free will, effort, and the spiritual teacher in the transformative process. The meditator is faithful to the effort, but unattached to the outcome. And any circumstance may embody the “spiritual teacher”.
The Cosmic Christ – Cosmocrator and the fruits of that bad tree:
This is no other than the most blasphemous gnostic heresy of the Cosmocrator – Satan as Christ. – “Fr. Robert Hale developed a response showing how the prophetic social critique of the Hebrew tradition takes on a new form in the universal mission of the Cosmic Christ.” Also, from the third paragraph: “The determining role of Christ and the Buddha in shaping understanding and experience of transformation….”
This is directly from the Satan worshipping Naaseni (Hebrew Gnostic) and Ophites (Gentile Gnostic) among the Gnostic heretics refuted by St. Irenaeus and St. Hippolytus and other of the Church Fathers who also noted the connection of the Naaseni/Ophites and other gnostics to the far east gymnosophists i. e. Buddhists.
Greek is in Isopsephia
Sanskrit (exact English equivalent) to Greek
The Cosmic Christ – Cosmocrator and the fruits of that bad tree
P U N D A R I K A
P U N D A R I K A
80+ 400+50+ 4+ 1+ 100+10+ 20+ 1=666
English transliteration (of how the crowds in Italian used to chant antipope John Paul II’s name) to Greek (with the II added)
J O H A A N N E S
IO H A A N N E S
10+ 70+ 8+ 1+ 1+ 50+ 50+ 5+ 200 = 395
P A O L O II
P A O L O II
80+ 1+ 70+ 30+ 70+ 10+10 = 271
English to Greek
B E N E D I C T
B E N E D I K T O S
2+ 5+ 50+ 5+ 4+ 10+ 20+ 300+ 70+ 200=666
Note: pundarika in Sanskrit (the above English and Greek are direct transliterations letter for letter from the Sanskrit) is literally “the great white dragon in the abyss” which is the core and basis of the whole esoteric tradition, priesthood, and the dainichi nyorai (the head of the diabolic trinity of the dragon in Buddhism). The dainichi nyorai is also the exact very basis for their magic/sorcery with it’s six elements they manipulate. Elements here are exactly the stoichea in Col. 2:8.