Hello…

It’s been a little while… I’ve been doing some pretty intense changes in my life and moving towards happiness! It feels great! I feel wonderful, stable, and alive…

So in the past year or so I’ve been reading many many books including spiritual, religious, and self-help books and I’ve come to the realization that I am a practicing Catholic who seems to understand basic Buddhist ideas…
In one of the many books I’ve read by Thich Naht Nahn, Thay (as he is known) states that you shall not abandon your maternal church. He goes on to explain that Christians and Buddhists have many things in common and/or similar beliefs so why not incorporate some of the Buddhist teachings into our spirituality.

It sounded interesting and possible at the time… so then I chose to read “Living Buddha, Living Christ” to understand more about the similarities and differences between Christians and Buddhists.

I was very surprised to see the connection between Christianity and Buddhism.

It actually confirmed my suspicion that many religions have similar ideals or beliefs that are expressed in different ways.

Once again, I felt drawn to Buddhism and felt comfortable with the connections and/or different terminology expressed between Christianity and Buddhism.

In fact I prefer to think of negative energy rather than sin, evil, or the devil… I love the idea of positive energy, the Holy Spirit, enlightenment, Jesus…

After this, we took a family vacation to Thailand… where the majority of the population practice Buddhism. It was fascinating to see how much reverence and honor Buddhist Thais exhibited in their Temples.

I felt at awe and at peace when I encountered Buddhist monks and entered the Buddhist Temples.

It was as if a I felt a positive energy, a love, a newfound peace while paying my respects to Buddha at a Buddhist Temple.

The same positive energy, love, and newfound peace I felt 10 years ago when I visited the Vatican…

The same positive energy, love, and newfound peace I’ve always felt when I’ve entered any Catholic Church to pray for that matter…

I’ve even been able to find it during Savasana after I practice yoga…

So now I am reading a book called “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama himself… I love the book… I am only in Part 2 of the book and still have to finish reading… but as I finished reading Part 1 it occurred to me…

Can a practicing Catholic practice Buddhism at the same time?