[quote=jeffreedy789]couple answers for ya:
one, the spiritual exercises of ignatius of loyola teach you how to meditate on scripture - placing yourself into a Bible story, and allowing God to speak to you from it. you can find these exercises by putting ‘spiritual exercises of st ignatius’ into google.
two - i would recommend reading ‘armchair mystic’ by mark thibodeaux. very good book on learning catholic meditation.
three (ok, i said a couple. so what?) - there’s nothing wrong with using zen meditation, as long as you direct it toward something - usually toward scripture. zen is just a way of calming the body and putting away distractions. buddhists use it to clear the mind and leave it empty - which can be dangerous. catholics can use it to clear the mind - and then fill it with something worthwhile - like Jesus.
may God bless you as you seek Him in meditation.
ps - another good resource to learn about christian meditation is a GREAT book called ‘celebration of discipline’ by richard foster. foster is quaker in origin, but was instrumental in my becoming catholic. he has a different chapter on each of the disciplines, like fasting, and prayer, and Bible study. his chapter on meditation is excellent.
Thank you for this information.
But to let you know, on the Asian mainland Zen, (or Ch’an in Chinese and Son in Korea), is simply a mental exercise using a Koan or Koang as a short-cut to enlightenment rather than the time consuming method of studying the sutras.
ONLY in Japan has Zen become a religion in and of itself.
As a devout Roman Catholic, my practice of Yoga and Zen has never caused me to doubt my Christian convictions. But what I have observed is that the Buddhists have almost perfected the art of meditation while the Christians have done the same for prayer. The Buddhists seem to have overlapped their praying onto meditation and the Christians have done similar extending praying into their meditation.
But I want to discern a distinction between Catholic praying and Catholic meditation. Again, thanks for this information.