I have read quiet a few of Zen books. They fascinate me so much to realize how factual their teachings are. I agree that Zen indeed is more of a Science than a Religion. I still remember the meaning of Science when I was in grade school. It is a systematized body of knowledge based on facts, observation and experimentation. I consider Religion as one person’s world view. It is an understanding of what life is all about which includes embracing the reality of Mystery.
We all do have a religion. Some people say they are atheist, some are agnostic, Buddhists, Christians, etc. The moment you said you don’t believe in a God or Allah or Buddha or any Superior Being, then that very concept itself is a religion. We all develop a personal religion over our years of existence. Scientists have an enormous difficulty in believing the reality of God basically because they cannot measure it.
In my own culture, the phenomenon of a belief in God is not at all impressive. I see a lot of hypocrisy on it, just like the Pharisees in the Bible. I see dogmatism, ignorance, superstition, rigidity. Yet; however you look at all these infinite issues of whether there’s a God or not it will just lead you to endless questions with different answers and possibilities.
As what Michael Stark & Michael Washburn in “Beyond the Norm” had said.
"The true wonder of the world is available everywhere, in the minutest parts of our bodies, in the vast expanses of our cosmos, and in the intimate interconnectedness of these and all things… We are part of a connectedness of these and all things. We are part of a finely balanced ecosystem in which interdependency goes hand-in-hand with individuation. We are individuals, but we are also parts of a greater whole, united in something vast and beautiful beyond description."
Happy Sunday to all!