Catholicism and eastern martial arts
There is much of great value in Eastern philosophy and traditions that can be reconciled and integrated with one's traditional Christian understanding and practice.  This can be enriching and enlivening for many people.  As long as one is sober -- without being either uncritical or paranoid -- I think it can be strengthening for certain people.

I highly recommend the book, Christ the Eternal Tao, by Hieromonk Damascene Christensen.  It is utterly profound.  It is also a superb explanation of the tradition of prayer of the heart and theosis in the Eastern Church, which comprises the second part of the book.  The first part is an exquisitely beautiful re-presentation of the Gospel in the style of the Tao te Ching.  Significantly, Chinese bibles translate logos as tao, "the Way."

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Re: Catholicism and eastern martial arts - by Clare Brigid - 03-05-2015, 06:36 AM

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