Meditation Archive

What is the New Age movement?

Not everyone who wears a cross is a Christian. Likewise, not everyone who owns a crystal is a New Ager. To accurately identify New Agers we must move beyond superficial symbols such as crystals, unicorns, and rainbows to identify their beliefs and practices. First, New Agers hold to pantheistic monism. Thus, in their view, God […]

What is Zen Buddhism?

Though Zen Buddhism did not catch on in the West until the 1950s, it has now virtually cornered the meditation market. Phil Jackson even used Zen to prepare his teams to win nine NBA championships. Because of its growing popularity I’ve developed the acronym Z–E–N to help us understand it. First, the dominant discipline of […]

What are the basic beliefs of Buddhism?

The year was 1893. The place was Chicago. Buddhists had arrived from the East to attend the inaugural World’s Parliament of Religions. While their contingent was sizable, they were vastly outnumbered by Bible believers from the West. One hundred years later, at the centennial celebration of the original Parliament, Buddhists outnumbered Baptists and saffron robes […]

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